Pete Carlstedt from Jacksonville, FL:
|Vic: Bryan Barker is an unrestricted free agent. I think the Jaguars' dire salary cap situation makes it easily understandable why they can't spend more than minimum wage on a punter.
Mark Plotner of Green Cove Springs, FL:
obert Bloch from Neptune Beach, FL:
1 --- Keep the cap, but create a new "uncapped" players category. Allow teams to keep 11 players in it. These players' salaries would be completely exempted from the salary cap...
This isn't a perfect proposal and it needs more review, but it is a pretty neat idea? Could you ponder it or pass it along?
|Vic: The players union would love your plan. It would certainly result in higher salaries and signing bonuses. However, that's not the intent of having a salary cap. The intent is to control spending so that the game is affordable to the fan. Let me bounce this idea off you. The cap is our friend. Live by it.
Mark Snavely from Boca Raton, FL:
The definition of a player's position is obvious, other than in special circumstances. Carnell Lake was a special circumstances example when he was with the Steelers. Though he had been a strong safety all of his career, he was moved to cornerback in an emergency situation that existed most of that season. So, what would have been considered to be his true position, strong safety or cornerback? Bear in mind, cornerbacks make a lot more money than safeties. It's an issue the league would've had to decide, as far as whether or not Lake would've been paid the average of the top five (franchise) salaries or top 10 (transition) salaries in the league.
Danny from Fernandina Beach, FL:
|Vic: Plans are to add luxury suites to the south end of Alltel Stadium for the 2005 Super Bowl. There are no plans to increase the seating capacity. The start of construction is not in the near future.
John Andreoli of Orange Park, FL:
Mike from St. Mary's, GA:
|Vic: Kevin Hardy would represent a $2.2 million salary cap savings in 2001, if he was traded or released. According to his current contract, he is a $4.5 million hit on the 2001 salary cap. Of that $4.5 million, $2.3 million is amortized bonus money and $2.2 million is salary. The $2.3 must stay on the books; the $2.2 would be extinguished if he was traded or released.
John Andreoli of Orange Park FL:
|Vic: Total dollar amounts are meaningless if the vast majority of the money is back-loaded salary. Signing bonus money is what commits a team to a player and, in the process, determines the hit on future salary caps. Expect new developments soon, since reports are the Patriots have signed Drew Bledsoe to a new deal. Of course, Bledsoe, like Brunell, is a Leigh Steinberg client. The Bledsoe deal will have a major impact on what happens between Brunell and the Jaguars. At this point in time, with teams such as Seattle, Tampa Bay and Baltimore having acquired quarterbacks in the past few days, it would seem the market for quarterbacks has shrunk and the pendulum in negotiations may have swung to the Jaguars' side.
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