...without future ramifications? For example - is there anything that would prevent a team from signing a player to a big contract then paying him all the guaranteed money in 2010 so that when (I assume it's not an "if") the cap resumes most of the money is already gone? In other words, why not give Brady a new deal with $40m+ in guaranteed money and pay all of the bonus in 2010? Then when the new cap comes into place, he'd be signed for 4+ years but most of the money would be off the cap already. Ditto for Wilfork, or Peppers. This question was buried in the Peppers thread and I was hoping someone out there might be able to better answer this question. One response mentioned the 50% rule but is it still in force given that the CBA has expired? Because if it's possible to just drop all the cash off the books in that one year and then have very reasonable cap numbers going forward, you'd have to figure an owner like Jones (or Daddy Kraft?) would try to stack his team.