Roster bonus loophole closed  

March, 1, 2006
03/01/06
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A special master ruled against the several teams trying to convert roster bonuses that were set aside into signing bonuses. The ruling indicated that such conversions had to be subject to the 30 percent rule in which the base salaries had to increase by no more than that amount. Had the special master ruled in favor of several NFL teams that set aside big signing-bonus money, teams would have saved 2006 cap money. Those roster bonuses would have been turned into signing bonuses and their prorations would have been spread over four years, and the base salaries could grow more than 30 percent per year.

Adams to have many suitors: Bills defensive tackle Sam Adams will fill the needs of teams looking for a run-stopping defensive tackle who also has a big initial first step into a pass rush. Adams was released by the Bills along with tight end Mark Campbell and safety Lawyer Milloy. That brings to four the number of Bills released.

Cap for 2006 tops $94M: The NFL has announced the 2006 salary cap will be $94.513 million, an increase from $2.5 million from the projected $92 million. Restricted free agent tenders are going to start at $712,000. Those given first-round tenders will go at $1.552 million. Tenders at the first- and third-round rate are at $2.069 million.

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