02/24/2004 6:22 pm
Left tackle Chad Clifton was designated as the Green Bay Packers franchise player Tuesday after negotiations on a long-term contract stalled.
The move effectively keeps the premiere pass-blocker from becoming a free agent on March 3 because any team signing him would have to give the Packers two first-round draft picks they declined to match the offer.
Andrew Brandt, the team's vice president of player finance, will continue working with agent Jimmy Sexton on a long-term contract for Clifton, who bounced back from a career-threatening hip injury in November 2002 to allow just 1½ sacks last season.
If they don't reach a deal, the Packers will have to count Clifton's $7.021 million one-year offer against the 2004 salary cap, which will be $80.6 million.
Now I could be wrong but wouldn't 7 million be way more than you have under the cap? In other words the Packers will have to work very hard to get under the cap. No where to go but down, suckas.
|I wonder what the Colts are thinking right now, where Manning is $18 mil against their cap...wouldn't it be worth 2 firsts to take Peyton away from the Colts?|
|Jeremy - I hate our freedoms|
|Well, generally the team would get a chance to match the offer, so you would have to give up 2 number one picks AND pay him more than he is getting now and more than the Colts are willing to pay.|
|Matt - Nutcan.com's MBL|
|I think the Falcons should get Manning and use my patented 2-quarterback formation with him and Vick.|
|icbizzle - 3619 Posts|
|i don't know how much his previous contract was worth, but that would be included in their latest salary cap predictions so it's not like they just added 7 million total that they werent' expecting to pay|
|Jeremy - 9256 Posts|
|Clifton's previous contract was up so it was either pay him 0 and say good by or this. So yes it was adding 7 onto the previous number.|
|Scott - Resident Tech Support|
A) they were expecting this to happen, not that it's really going to help ease the pressure of the cap
B) He's not a "Joe Johnson, I'm a washed up free agent" that will suck as soon as he gets his cash.
It will be tough, but they've been in this possition before. Heck they were in the same possition last year because of Joe "I suck" Johnson and they ended up losing Vonnie Holliday. Also, I think this will be the first year that Antonio Freeman's huge contract from before he was cut won't count towards the Packers in the cap, but I think that's already figured in.
|Jeremy - 9256 Posts|
I laughed so hard when they gave freeman that contract. People think it was stupid to pay Moss what the Vikes payed him. Freeman got simmilar money (in $ per year terms) years before Moss and got it after a couple of average years. Moss got his after the best 5 years any receiver ever began a career with. The only time I laughed harder was when they gave Captain "It's all about me" Sharper his mega deal.
By the way, if someone told you 2 months ago that there would be a situation the Broncos would trade Portis wouldn't you have laughed at them?
|Jon - many posts|
I wouldn't have laughed. And this isn't just to argue, I actually have thought about this.
The Broncos running backs benefit from the system they are under. Think of who has done well in their system...Mike Anderson, Terrell DAvis, both sixth rounders I think. Also, Olandis Gary. And when Portis got hurt, I think his backup did pretty well.
|Jeremy - Cube Phenomenoligist|
|I know the Bronco's will be ok. I just couldn't believe the ruckas that Champ Bailey caused.|