After reading some news on the CBA, I know I said I wasn't going to, and the 4 year plan for free agency that is getting bandied about, I think the players should be skeptical of their futures. Yes, it gives them some freedom, if passed, to test the market for their services. And the freedom to move to the place of their choosing-maybe, but it also gives tremendous leverage to the owners. The Owner's? Yep the Owner's and I'll explain why.
If the owner's get to thinking about it, (it) being the math, then they look at the retirement packages that they pay for and see how cost effective it would be to play rookies instead of middle of the road players, they simply resign only veterans that they have to have. This means the talented guys get to stay and play, getting paid the big bucks. It also means the mid level players can be cast aside after 4 years. Collusion would be a word that comes to mind, but, it is simply good business not to tie money up on retirement that is millions of dollars. Even if it meant the game would suffer somewhat.
Let's look at our team and how it might pan out. It most likely would affect the big men the most, as skill positions are in the biggest demand to make plays on or with the ball. Last year we signed 2 players who wound up starting that wouldn't be here if this happens. Yeah, both Lidja and Wiegs wouldn't have been here. Asomoah and Rudy would have been the starters. This might have worked out ok as the season progressed, but maybe not. How about no Smith and in place Torribio and Gales? Hello Bailey, goodbye Gilberry.
Now this may not happen instantly in this strife ridden off-season, or maybe even never. But the possibility exists for management to put the screws to several players, adios and have a good life in your next profession. Face it, already happens to some degree. We could see several undrafted players getting time in games just because they are cheap warm bodies who have the dream. Try developing players who are likely not going to playing after 4 years. Imagine guys getting drafted and thrown into games before they are ready. Will the game suffer?
I know it's possible I see to much greed on the owner's part and am skeptical of their motives to put the best team on the field that they can. But we have all seen teams that were not trying to hard to field a competitor. Anyway this was on my mind and it's a slow holiday with very little going on and I double dipped post wise. Happy anniversary my fellow Americans. Go Chief's!!!