Ruling could hasten signings

July, 20, 2008
The NFL Players Association won its special master grievance against the NFL management council, which should speed up the process of getting lower first- and all second-round selections signed.

On Saturday, a special master notified the union and all clubs that the NFLPA won its case, which was presented on Friday. Under debate was how to count guaranteed "one-time bonuses" in the salary cap.

The union contended a "one-time bonus" could be guaranteed by using the fourth year of a contract as a guaranteed date, and the one-time bonus wouldn't violate rookie pool rules requiring a maximum 25-percent annual salary increase. The management council contended a full skill and injury guarantee of a one-time bonus should be counted against the cap and be a violation of the 25-percent rule. Their reasoning was the fourth year of new contracts count in 2011, a year in which the CBA will have expired.

Currently, with camps opening this week, only five second-round choices have come to terms.

Wesley visits Oakland: Former Kansas City Chiefs safety Greg Wesley, who asked for and received his release from the team, visited the Oakland Raiders Sunday night with the hopes of getting a contract offer.

Wesley played eight seasons with the Chiefs. He had 552 tackles during his Kansas City tenure.

The Raiders are considering pre-camp upgrades to their secondary.

Skins aren't done: The Redskins aren't just looking at adding only Jason Taylor to their defense. At the same time as the trade for Taylor, the Redskins started to look for run-stopping defensive ends. They will have longtime NFL veteran Eric Hicks in for a visit early this week. Taylor is expected to be a starter and potential Pro Bowl player. The loss of Phillip Daniels for the season with a knee injury also created the need to bring in a run-stopping end.

What was interesting about the quick trade of Taylor to the Redskins after they lost two defensive ends during their first day of practice is how other teams in the competitive NFC East made phone calls to Bill Parcells. The Giants called to see about brokering a deal. The Eagles checked in, presumably to drive up the price because they are loaded with pass-rushing ends. In the end, the Redskins needed Taylor and gave the Dolphins a second-round choice in 2009 and a sixth-rounder in 2010.



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