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 a season filled with plenty of disappointment over the first two months, Eduardo Rodriguez provides excitement and injects life into the Red Sox in his MLB debut.