NFL Lockout Day Three: Preparing For New (Or Old) Rules

The NFL lockout officially started at midnight early on Saturday morning so we're entering the third day of the seminar called: How I Learned To Love Money And Forget About The Fans.

Right now, we're in a lockout and the organization formerly known as the NFLPA has requested an injunction to block the lockout. If that goes through, the NFL could be open for business and, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the 2010 rules would likely be in place.

That would mean no salary cap and, in the Chiefs case, no salary floor.

Players with expired contracts would need six years of NFL service time to be eligible for unrestricted free agency, rather than the four seasons required when the salary cap system was in effect; players with expired contracts and three to five seasons of NFL experience would be restricted free agents. Each team would have an extra transition-player tag, in addition to the one franchise-player or transition-player designation allowed per club under the salary cap system, to restrict players' movement in free agency, and there would be limits on the free agent activity of last season's final eight playoff teams.

For the Chiefs, the biggest change if this occurred would be that those fourth and fifth year players that, under a new deal, many figured would become unrestricted free agents, would end up being restricted free agents. That list includes: QB Brodie Croyle, TE Leonard Pope, OT Ryan O'Callaghan, RB Jackie Battle, LB Corey Mays and C Rudy Niswanger. (Reports say O'Callaghan and Battle were not offered tenders.)

This would help the Chiefs as a team because they could keep more players in place. The players obviously wouldn't like this because they tend to dislike things that limit their movement on the open market. 

Blocking the lockout means football can potentially be played so that's what I'm rooting for right now.

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