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Old 03-16-2006, 08:08 AM  
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DAWES: HOW DO THEY DO IT?
Mar 16, 2006, 3:48:31 AM by Rufus Dawes

These are tough times to be a lover of free agency and a Chiefs fan because, by all accounts, your team isn’t going to be a serious player in this latest of infatuations with someone else’s players. Perhaps many of you have tired of my meanderings on the subject and, indeed, I can go on about it. But questions are raised every year about this time on how these teams who spend so freely can do it when there is supposedly a cap in place to curtail wholesale spending one year if a team has been very active in previous years.

The poet Swinburne insisted that even the weariest river winds somewhere safe to sea. That cannot be said of free agency. Free agency rushes downstream as clubs over-spend in the early weeks but it slows to a trickle in the later months or comes to naught when the players on whom so much has been lavished are soon jettisoned from the roster or don’t live up to expectations. The examples are endless.

Continuing the river metaphor, there has been the usual opening flood of signings this year including some backup cornerback named Brian Williams who signed a six-year, $32 million dollar deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars – who should know better having gone through this over-spending spree before and suffered for it. Included was a $10 million signing bonus. New Orleans put a $4 million dollar signing bonus in Scott Fujita’s pocket. And they say Jacksonville and New Orleans are “small market” teams.

But the poster child for unrestricted free agency remains the Washington Redskins who seemingly never met a free agent they didn’t want to acquire. The franchise continues to convert base salaries into signing bonuses at an amazing rate, cutting cap dollars by renegotiating contracts with returning veterans by handing out upfront bonuses that it can prorate. In one week’s time, the ‘Skins outspent their past yearly offerings by a wide margin handing out cash – that’s cash dollars and cents, not some contract’s potential value – of over $20.6 million dollars.

Washington started the month some $13 million over the $102 million dollar cap and still found a way to trade for receiver Brandon Lloyd and sign five unrestricted free agents including Antwaan Randle El, Adam Archuleta, Christian Fauria, our own Todd Collins and Andre Carter. Currently, Washington has future acceleration costs to their contracts of $83.5 million, a sum greater than the entire current salaries of five NFL teams!

Washington’s philosophy appears to be spend now and worry about it next year. Considering its state of affairs going into this season, the franchise was the main beneficiary of the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). With the signing of these high-priced unrestricted free agents club officials now find themselves counting only $5.1 million of the amount spent against the cap this year. Not only did they receive an additional $7.5 million in room with the increase of each team’s cap from $94.5 million to $102.0 million, but they also received a “Deion Rule” benefit of approximately $3.2 million which under the old CBA they would have had to account for. The “Deion Rule” limits the extent you can pro-rate an existing deal.

Just as fortunate, if not a bit odd, Washington benefited from linebacker Lavar Arrington’s surprising forfeiture of $4.4 million in deferred bonus money, thereby putting that full amount back on the team’s books. This is deferred money not some promise for money down the road. Can you really imagine a player giving up money that he’s owed? By forfeiting his money, he got to move on and the team didn’t have to take any hit to its cap. Instead of going $4.4 in the hole the Redskins got a $4.4 benefit. The team later terminated five players shaving approximately $7.3 million off the books. The source of all this cash money seems endless, never mind the cap implications, and owner Dan Snyder’s stadium, team and outside resources give him a decided advantage over most NFL owners.

All this free spending, of course, serves to send a message that the cap means nothing to the Redskins or to any team should they choose a similar route and have Dan Snyder’s cash to spend. But while Washington clearly got a break with the extension of the collective bargaining agreement the franchise will find itself having to substantially reduce its cash spending within the next three years to comply with the cap. To those who don’t know better, or think the Redskins do, the system is set up that cash has to equal cap at some point in time.


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Old 03-16-2006, 08:22 AM   #2
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The poet Swinburne insisted that even the weariest river winds somewhere safe to sea. That cannot be said of free agency.
Why would you throw in this quote if in the next sentence you admit that has nothing to do with what you're talking about?
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Old 03-16-2006, 08:28 AM   #3
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Rufus rhymes with excuses. EXCUSES Dawes is the new name for this assclown. Is there no end to this pathetic spewing of drivel that "Excuses" Dawes continues with. Yea, yea, the Chiefs are tapped out.
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Old 03-16-2006, 08:28 AM   #4
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He didn't write it for me. He wrote it for you - the one who camps out at KCChiefs.com waiting for his latest drivel.

Thanks so much for keeping him employed.
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Old 03-16-2006, 08:33 AM   #5
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My only problem with the "this will catch up to Dan Snyder" mantra is that we've been saying it for 5 years now, and once again, in a year that we finally thought it really had caught up to him, he instead gets under the cap and is active in free agency.

I keep thinking the other shoe is going to drop, and it never does.
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Old 03-16-2006, 08:42 AM   #6
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"Continuing the river metaphor, there has been the usual opening flood of signings this year including some backup cornerback named Brian Williams who signed a six-year, $32 million dollar deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars – who should know better having gone through this over-spending spree before and suffered for it. Included was a $10 million signing bonus."

The Jags have a top ten defense that has been carrying the team for a few years now. A Chiefs writer using the Jags as an example of what not to do for defense in free agency is a bit moronic. Two other quick points, Williams took over the starting role after Smoot got hurt and kept the job. He's a little more than "some backup". Second, even though Jax allegedly "suffered" from a previous spending spree they've been able to rebuild and develop all the while KC has been treading water in a sea of mediocrity.
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Old 03-16-2006, 08:43 AM   #7
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My only problem with the "this will catch up to Dan Snyder" mantra is that we've been saying it for 5 years now, and once again, in a year that we finally thought it really had caught up to him, he instead gets under the cap and is active in free agency.

I keep thinking the other shoe is going to drop, and it never does.
It never does, because they play within the boundries of the rules, just like all the other teams. They circumvent the cap, by giving bigger signing bonuses, usually in exchange for a lower base salary. Our owner isn't as willing to give the big upfront money through signing bonuses, so we constantly lose out. Money talks.
What is a sham is our front office would have you believe that we can't compete, but they always neglect to mention the NFL SHARED REVENUE, which is an EQUAL CUT for ALL teams. Lamar is POCKETING an average of $35 million EVERY year, just on Chiefs football, that's AFTER the players salaries, the lease, staff salaries, ect...
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Old 03-16-2006, 08:47 AM   #8
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He didn't write it for me. He wrote it for you - the one who camps out at KCChiefs.com waiting for his latest drivel.

Thanks so much for keeping him employed.
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Old 03-16-2006, 09:03 AM   #9
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It never does, because they play within the boundries of the rules, just like all the other teams. They circumvent the cap, by giving bigger signing bonuses, usually in exchange for a lower base salary. Our owner isn't as willing to give the big upfront money through signing bonuses, so we constantly lose out. Money talks.
What is a sham is our front office would have you believe that we can't compete, but they always neglect to mention the NFL SHARED REVENUE, which is an EQUAL CUT for ALL teams. Lamar is POCKETING an average of $35 million EVERY year, just on Chiefs football, that's AFTER the players salaries, the lease, staff salaries, ect...
Regardless of how it's structured, it all applies to the cap eventually.

If you you think every owner gets an equal cut, you're sorely misinformed. Dan Snyder probably makes in the neighborhood of 300% of what Lamar Hunt makes.
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Old 03-16-2006, 09:06 AM   #10
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It never does, because they play within the boundries of the rules, just like all the other teams. They circumvent the cap, by giving bigger signing bonuses, usually in exchange for a lower base salary. Our owner isn't as willing to give the big upfront money through signing bonuses, so we constantly lose out. Money talks.
What is a sham is our front office would have you believe that we can't compete, but they always neglect to mention the NFL SHARED REVENUE, which is an EQUAL CUT for ALL teams. Lamar is POCKETING an average of $35 million EVERY year, just on Chiefs football, that's AFTER the players salaries, the lease, staff salaries, ect...
Dan Snyder has been POCKETING an average of $100 million EVERY YEAR, just on Redskins football, that's AFTER the players salaries, the lease, staff salaries, ect...
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Old 03-16-2006, 09:25 AM   #11
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Regardless of how it's structured, it all applies to the cap eventually.

If you you think every owner gets an equal cut, you're sorely misinformed. Dan Snyder probably makes in the neighborhood of 300% of what Lamar Hunt makes.
While what you say may be basically true (300% is an exaggeration) at a surface level, Lamar paid 10K to buy his AFL franchise, Dan Snyder paid $800 Million to buy the Redskins. Lamar is also richer than Dan Snyder, in fact I have read that Lamar is the third richest owner in the NFL. It is all about what you are willing to do with your excess money. Dan Snyder desperately wants to win a Championship, Lamar wants to remain competitive and have the fans filling Arrowhead while minimizing his cash outlay. For Lamar hosting a Super Bowl is more important than playing in one.
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While what you say may be basically true (300% is an exaggeration) at a surface level, Lamar paid 10K to buy his AFL franchise, Dan Snyder paid $800 Million to buy the Redskins. Lamar is also richer than Dan Snyder, in fact I have read that Lamar is the third richest owner in the NFL. It is all about what you are willing to do with your excess money. Dan Snyder desperately wants to win a Championship, Lamar wants to remain competitive and have the fans filling Arrowhead while minimizing his cash outlay. For Lamar hosting a Super Bowl is more important than playing in one.
300% is not an exaggeration. The last Forbes article on the subject had Lamar making 26 million off his team and Snyder making in excess of 100 million.

And what you and so many other fans fail to recognize (inspite of having it explained to you ad infinitum) is that smart business owners don't take money out of their own pocket on an annual basis to pour back into a business. Nor do they take profits from lucrative years decades ago to support current years.

Snyder isn't spending money out of his own pocket. He's just capable of carrying more overhead due to more revenue. You guys want Lamar to break even on a given year, and use Snyder as some sort of justification, ignoring that Snyder is still making tens of millions more in profit despite his spending.

It's like saying Boulevard should spend as much money on advertising as Budweiser does. It completely ignores the discrepency in revenues between the two companies.
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For Lamar hosting a Super Bowl is more important than playing in one.
That's an asinine statement.
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Old 03-16-2006, 10:38 AM   #15
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That's an asinine statement.

Id have to say its true though. Carl would have been gone years ago if that wasnt true. Peterson is one of the longest if not the longest tenured GM on any pro team, and we have 1 playoff win under his belt to show for it. Thats the reality. Now Lamar wants to do all of this stuff to host a SB and cost tax payers money etc, to host a SB that he might not even get to see. Football is supposed to be played outdoors Lamar. Don't ruin Arrowhead with some crappy roof. If we were to get a new stadium in general, then thats fine put a retractable roof on it. The new plans for it look retarded IMO.
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