So I guess this is going to be a mind dump about the potential owners' lockout of the players in 2011 and its effect on the Bills. One thing I want to remind everybody is that the Owners are the ones that will be initiating the work-stoppage. They'll lock out the players, which also precludes the possibility of there being any scabs. Also, when you hear about greedy players wanting more money, remember it's not they who chose to stop playing.
- First, I know we don't know how the CBA will end up when football is finally played again, but won't there be a lot of LT help available via free agency? Both McNeil and Gaither will be free agents if things revert to how they were before. Perhaps Nix has decided he'd rather keep his draft picks and wait a year before going after a disgruntled LT.
- In general, won't there be a lot of available free agents? I can't imagine the NFLPA is going to allow it to be 6 years until free agency kicks in.
- Personally, my favorite potential player in the draft is Andrew Luck. However, since a lockout in March would likely put the draft on hold, isn't there a big chance players with one more year of eligibility will opt to stay for another season in order to avoid having a very uncertain immediate future?
- Also, how would the proposed rookie wage scale affect players' choice to turn pro?
- When/if it returns, the salary cap is expected to be lower than in seasons past . Since the Bills have one of the lowest payrolls in the league, that would indicate we'd have the most freedom to resign players and go after free agents. Do you think that was a factor in our FO's offseason decisions?
I know this comes off as being a Nix apologist, but I'm really hoping that he's seen beyond the current season in his rebuilding plans. I have to believe that he's not panicking, like a lot of us currently are.