By Tom E. CurranThe NFL is going all-out to win the hearts of the public in this labor battle. Just as important - creating division among the players. To those two ends, the NFL released Friday night details of their proposal to the players. The first point in the proposal saying that the NFL accepted the NFLPA's proposed cap of 161 million in 2014 is sure to make the eyes of players not in the room widen a little bit. The salary cap in 2009 was 130 million. A source on the players side told me, however, that the owners proposed to roll the salary cap in 2011 back to the level of 2007 (109 million). Here's the NFL's summary. SUMMARY OF NFL PROPOSAL1. We more than split the economic difference between us, increasing our proposed cap for 2011 significantly and accepting the Unions proposed cap number for 2014 (161 million per club).2. An entry level compensation system based on the Unions rookie cap proposal, rather than the wage scale proposed by the clubs. Under the NFL proposal, players drafted in rounds 2-7 would be paid the same or more than they are paid today. Savings from the first round would be reallocated to veteran players and benefits.3. A guarantee of up to 1 million of a players salary for the contract year after his injury the first time that the clubs have offered a standard multi-year injury guarantee.4. Immediate implementation of changes to promote player health and safety bya. Reducing the off-season program by five weeks, reducing OTAs from 14 to 10, and limiting on-field practice time and contact;b. Limiting full-contact practices in the preseason and regular season; andc. Increasing number of days off for players.5. Commit that any change to an 18-game season will be made only by agreement and that the 2011 and 2012 seasons will be played under the current 16-game format.6. Owner funding of 82 million in 2011-12 to support additional benefits to former players, which would increase retirement benefits for more than 2000 former players by nearly 60 percent.7. Offer current players the opportunity to remain in the player medical plan for life.8. Third party arbitration for appeals in the drug and steroid programs.9. Improvements in the Mackey plan, disability plan, and degree completion bonus program.10. A per-club cash minimum spend of 90 percent of the salary cap over three seasons..AOLWebSuite .AOLPicturesFullSizeLink height: 1px; width: 1px; overflow: hidden; .AOLWebSuite a color:blue; text-decoration: underline; cursor: pointer .AOLWebSuite a.hsSig cursor: default
In this week's episode of "Quick Slants The Podcast" presented by Papa Gino's, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss Patriots players and coaches that could be either coming or going. Also, former offensive lineman and current sports radio host Rich Ohrnberger is this week's guest to talk about his years with the team, including some great stories on O-Line coach Dante Scarnecchia.
Here's this week's rundown:
- (3:10) Can Cyrus Jones recover next year, and does he need to with the potential loss of Logan Ryan?
- (9:54) What to expect the end result to be for free-agent Dont'a Hightower. Is the franchise tag acceptable for both parties?
- (20:30) Is Jimmy Garoppolo here to stay...(25:30) and how does Jacoby Brissett's development answer that question.
- (30:58) The loss of tight end coach Brian Daboll to Alabama
- (42:28) Interview with Rich Ohrnberger
- (1:04:22) Michigan's Jabrill Peppers on the Patriots draft board
Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.
The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.
“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on . . . Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”
And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.
“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”