Remember when many of us were left scratching our heads last offseason when the Eagles refused to cut Reggie Brown, even though it was clear he had fallen out of favor with Andy Reid? Some fans got pretty angry, and I couldn’t really blame them. Why keep a guy who wasn’t even activated for most games? In a word: money.
We all now know why Reggie wasn’t dumped. It had to do with the pesky salary cap. By releasing him, the Birds would have taken a significant hit in the ol’ pocketbook. Management doesn’t like to throw away cash unless they absolutely have to. Go figure.
Well, the good news is that it appears the salary cap will go away for the upcoming season, which means all 32 teams can kick dead weight to the curb without incurring a penalty. This NFL.com lays article out the details.
So, players like Reggie, Kevin Curtis, Chris Clemons, Shawn Andrews, Quintin Demps and Trevor Laws could be shown the door at no extra cost. Will any or all of them get the axe? Since none hold much trade value, I say the odds are pretty decent at least a couple will receive their walking papers.
By employing this strategy, the front office can ostensibly clear the books on bad draft picks and free agent signings, which of course will make room for more bad draft picks and free agents. Hooray!
Seriously though, this impending uncapped year might suck for players, but it will prove crucial for owners. Brace yourselves. The coming weeks and months could get very bloody.