Thursday, March 02, 2006

Let the purge begin!



The Dolphins started working to get under the cap -whatever it might be- this week by releasing 4 players: Damion McIntosh, Sam Madison, Reggie Howard, and Tebucky Jones.

Of them, only Madison may return to the team under a restructured deal.

Depending on who you talk to, the Dolphins are either at a cap number of $95 million or $85 million. The discrepancy is because of the way a couple of contracts were structured last year with bonuses.

As for the cap, if the owners come to some sort of consensus today, then it might be $111 million in 2006, but if they don't, it will likely be $92 million.

And as for my two cents, the issue has little to do with the players union arguing with the owners. Yes, ostensibly it seems that they can't agree on how much they each will get in the revenue stream. But, the real problem is that the owners can't agree among themselves how the profits need to be shared among themselves. Rich teams in big markets think they deserve a bigger cut, plus the ability to keep revenue they generate in their stadiums. Small teams disagree and like the current model of complete sharing, because it keeps the league competitive. The outcome of that will drive what they offer the players union.




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