The NFL has created a blog/collection spot for news it is putting out about the ongoing labor uncertainty or various media reports on the subject. This doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore it and how it may relate to the Cards, but otherwise, you can go to nfllabor.com to get updates. The last couple of entries are useful; one has a list of every team’s unrestricted free agents (scheduled as of now) and one explains how each team in the “Final Eight” is affected. For the Cardinals, they can attack free agency this way:
NFC Divisional Playoff Arizona Cardinals — 1 unrestricted free agent for $5.5 million* or more in Year One of contract + the same number of Cardinals unrestricted free agents who sign with other clubs + any unrestricted free agent for less than $3.7 million* in Year One of contract with limitations on per season increases.
Q. Can an unrestricted free agent be signed by one club and traded to a “Final Eight” club to circumvent the “Final Eight” rules?
A. No. A “final eight” team can’t use another team as a pass-through to sign a player it would otherwise be prohibited from signing. For example, if one of the 24 clubs which did not reach the Divisional Playoffs signs an unrestricted free agent, that club can’t trade him to New Orleans unless the Saints also lost an unrestricted free agent who had a Year One salary of equal or greater value than the player acquired in the trade. In addition, the contract of the player acquired via trade would also have to comply with the yearly contract increase limitation.
Tags: free agency, labor
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