[Note by Skin Patrol, 05/29/08 1:28 PM EDT ] Promoted, enjoy. Edited very little. Thanks once more to CptChaosSidekick.
John Clayton wrote an article on five of the best -- and five of the worst teams to be affected if there was no salary cap in 2010. The Redskins come in at # 5 on the teams sure to suck list.
The Redskins are in great shape for the next two seasons, but 2010 could be tough. Eleven of their 22 starters are in their 30s, including five starters on the offensive line. Age is also creeping up on their defense. Cornerback Shawn Springs is 33. Linebacker Marcus Washington is 30. Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin is 31. Linebacker London Fletcher is 33. Defensive end Phillip Daniels is 35.
He goes on to say that finding replacements for older starters becomes harder and harder as teams will be trying to lock up future free agents much earlier than in years past. When the COB was unanimisly opted out by the owners, the Cowboys owner wasted no time in re-signing CB Terrance Newman and RB Marion Barber III. Prevoviosly these two couldn't agree on a contract but with the recent turn of events, sudenly Jerry complied with their contractual demands.
How it affects us is that the Skins will have to prepare to replace the entire offensive line and five older starters on defense. Yikes, I knew an uncapped year could be bad but I never took into acount that it could spell doom for our depth chart. I bet some of the owners and GM's wish NFL Europe was still around to pluck some talent.
Honestly I think there will be an agreement on the CBA, even if it's one of thoses 11th hour types. I'd like to believe that the owners are taking into account what happend to the MLB and NHL after a lockout. One lost the title of "National Pastime" and the other is trying to claw it's way back into the TV market.