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Irsay planning for life with salary cap

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08:06 AM ET 01.27 | Indianapolis will continue to build from within. With the Colts several weeks into the 2011 offseason, Jim Irsay addressed the team's offseason approach on his Twitter feed Wednesday, essentially saying Indianapolis won't change the direction that has helped win seven of the last eight AFC South titles. ... "If there would have been a [salary] cap last year we would have been millions over it, so future planning is critical." As he has said before, Irsay also tweeted that while the NFL owners and NFL Players Association have yet to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement, teams must plan as if a CBA for 2011 and beyond will include a salary cap. "You have to assume in your roster planning,a cap will return with new CBA, so you don't want [to] get in a bind by not planning for the future."

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January 27, 2011  08:10 AM ET

Get your popcorn ready for labour armageddon!!

January 27, 2011  08:10 AM ET

So does this mean he is not going to throw a zillion dollars at Peyton? I thought he HAD to be the highest paid player in the league.

January 27, 2011  08:11 AM ET

Building through the draft is good, but it never hurts to add a FA every once in a while.

January 27, 2011  08:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Get your popcorn ready for labour armageddon!!

In all 4 leagues it seems.

January 27, 2011  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

So does this mean he is not going to throw a zillion dollars at Peyton? I thought he HAD to be the highest paid player in the league.

I'm sure they will. Can't really backload it too much since he will want a lot of it to be guaranteed.

I suspect there will be a rookie cap as well, which will help. No more paying someone like a top player in their position before they've even played a snap.

January 27, 2011  08:16 AM ET
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In all 4 leagues it seems.

Time for tennis and bowling. ooohhhhh!!!

January 27, 2011  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

In all 4 leagues it seems.

NBA, NFL, NHL yea ... I thought MLB wasn't in any kind of labour situation.

January 27, 2011  08:17 AM ET
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Time for tennis and bowling. ooohhhhh!!!

I think the last NHL work stoppage was the big reason poker started being shown big time up here in Canada.

January 27, 2011  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Time for tennis and bowling. ooohhhhh!!!

I used to enjoy watching darts on TV. Bring more darts coverage!!

January 27, 2011  08:18 AM ET
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I'm sure they will. Can't really backload it too much since he will want a lot of it to be guaranteed.I suspect there will be a rookie cap as well, which will help. No more paying someone like a top player in their position before they've even played a snap.

Rookie cap is a must. but this begs the question and not just in football. why do owners always need to be protected from themselves?

January 27, 2011  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

In all 4 leagues it seems.

The WNBA, MLS and LaCrosse, too?!!!

January 27, 2011  08:19 AM ET
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I think the last NHL work stoppage was the big reason poker started being shown big time up here in Canada.

You all have curling to keep you occupied...right?

January 27, 2011  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Time for tennis and bowling. ooohhhhh!!!

Combine them and I'd watch.

January 27, 2011  08:21 AM ET
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Just when you thought tv couldn't get any worse, they put poker on the tele....

Yea. I'd rather watch darts.

January 27, 2011  08:21 AM ET
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You all have curling to keep you occupied...right?

If you're into that then yes.

January 27, 2011  08:22 AM ET
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If you're into that then yes.

Who isn't?!

January 27, 2011  08:23 AM ET
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If you're into that then yes.

I saw it on the olympics once. Reminded me of sweeping my patio. so...no thanks!

January 27, 2011  08:26 AM ET
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Who isn't?!

I'm not. NHL is also a bit down there on my list of favourite sports/leagues too.

January 27, 2011  08:27 AM ET
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Rookie cap is a must. but this begs the question and not just in football. why do owners always need to be protected from themselves?

And even when they are protected in other leagues with different kinds of caps, they have people find loopholes that make them need to be even more protected.

 
January 27, 2011  08:28 AM ET

Rookie cap for the owners and guaranteed contracts for the players. There. That settles that.

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