At a meeting with an NFLPA advisory board meeting of 16 agents, Upshaw told the handpicked group to hold off on signing new contracts or restructuring deals with their current teams until March 2, the evening before the start of 2006 free agency.
That would keep players from getting burned by signing a new deal or
restructuring an old one, only to have a new CBA agreed upon that made
their deal a bad one.
One thing that won't happen now, according to sources, is a shift in
the opening date of free agency. Upshaw said he's not going to move the
opening of back from its March 3 opening date as had been talked about
if there isn't any progress on a new collective bargaining agreement.
One of the holdups in CBA extension negotiations is revenue sharing
among the owners. The high revenue teams have yet to cut a deal with
the low revenue teams. Until that happens, Upshaw and the owners can't
cut a deal for what percentage of total gross revenues will be given to
If there is no new deal by Friday, agents will begin to prepare for an
uncapped year in 2007 and no collective bargaining agreement in 2008.
No delay for start of free agency
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