Working out details is a major chore in CBA talks


Working out details is a major chore in CBA talks

By Tom E. Curran
So we got an extension to the extension and my prediction (uttered on Mike Florio's Pro Football Talk Live the day after the Super Bowl and resurrected today) lives!Good news? Yes. The tenor of the talks has been described to me as courteous and a lot got accomplished when the owners were present on Thursday which, of course, led to the initial extension that paved the way for today's. The details are the difficult thing to hammer out. For instance, if the players concede to a give up a couple of percentage points of their share of the "pie" the salary cap will drop. It was at about 128 million in 2009, the last year of the cap. If the cap drops to 124 million, for instance, that puts players' jobs at risk. The last thing the NFLPA wants is to see veteran players getting thrown overboard after the new agreement is reached because the cap drops. Another thing for the sides to consider is how to deal with the new rookie salary scale. For instance, Sam Bradford signed a 78 million deal with 50 million guaranteed last year. When his salaries start to escalate in the second, third and fourth years of his contract and get into the 14 and 15 million range, he'll be consuming more than 10 percent of the cap all by his lonesome. Can those exorbitant deals be somehow excised from the cap, grandfathered into the system so they don't result - again - in lost jobs for veterans? And where exactly will the money saved from the new rookie wage scale be allocated? Retired players? Current players? It's details like those that will take a significant amount of time to hammer out next week as the next deadline approaches. With the respective sides bunkering down for the weekend, they'll both be putting together proposals to have in hand when they return to the table Monday. Realistic proposals hatched in the next two days will help ease the negotiations when they get back to bargaining. .AOLWebSuite .AOLPicturesFullSizeLink height: 1px; width: 1px; overflow: hidden; .AOLWebSuite a color:blue; text-decoration: underline; cursor: pointer .AOLWebSuite a.hsSig cursor:
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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: 'Incomprehensible' to expect same greatness from Patriots?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: 'Incomprehensible' to expect same greatness from Patriots?

0:43 - Tom Curran, Kayce Smith, and Michael Holley talk about Bill Belichick saying it’s “incomprehensible” that people expect the Patriots to be on the same level as last year at this point in the season.

11:55 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and Michael Holley discuss J.R. Smith’s comments about the Celtics not being a threat to the Cavaliers.

15:38 - Abby Chin, Chris Mannix, and A. Sherrod Blakely join BST from Cleveland to talk about Marcus Smart and the Celtics failing to agree to a contract extension, making him a restricted free agent in July. They also preview Tuesday’s Celtics-Cavaliers season opener.

19:25 - Reports say Alex Cora is the frontrunner for the Red Sox managerial position, but Brad Ausmus interviewed for the position on Monday. Who is the right man for the job? Tom Giles and Michael Holley discuss.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Titans end 11-game skid to Colts with 36-22 win


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Titans end 11-game skid to Colts with 36-22 win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Marcus Mariota threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor with 5:29 left , and the Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-22 on Monday night to snap an 11-game skid tied for the NFL's longest active losing streak against one team.

Mariota didn't move around much on a cool night after missing a game with a strained left hamstring, but still managed to throw for a season-high 306 yards. He completed each of his three passes on the drive that ended with Taylor's tiebreaking score.

The Titans (3-3) also snapped a two-game skid with the win.

Jacoby Brissett tried to rally the Colts (2-4) to a second straight overtime. But Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard forced Brissett out of bounds shy of the first down marker on fourth-and-inches with 2:19 left. Coach Chuck Pagano lost his challenge.

Derrick Henry then clinched the win for Tennessee with a 72-yard TD run with 47 seconds left. Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, finished with a career-high 131 yards on 19 carries. DeMarco Murray also scored.

The Titans looked like the NFL's worst scoring defense in the first half instead of Indianapolis, with Brissett directing the Colts to a 13-9 halftime lead. John Simon then intercepted Mariota's first pass of the third quarter and returned it 26 yards for a TD.

But the Titans forced the Colts to go three-and-out on three of their first four drives of the second half, and Avery Williamson stripped tight end Jack Doyle of the ball after a catch.