It used to be that teams would rush to re-sign players during the season so they could push bonus money on new contracts into that year’s salary cap. The Eagles made a living doing it, once signing cornerbacks Sheldon Brown and Lito Shepard in the same week. But this year, no team is rushing to get any deals done before Monday’s deadline.
Hanging over every team is the possibility that the 2010 season could be an uncapped year, and so, by and large, players aren’t rushing to commit to any long-term deals now.
There still are the exceptions. Green Bay resigned quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a six-year, $65 million extension that included $20 million worth of guaranteed money on Friday. But by and large, everyone is sitting back and waiting to see football’s financial landscape before they settle down anywhere in it.