Many seem to think that this $15M-$20M INCREASES the chances of us signing our key free agents. I disagree. Some of the money would go to increase minimums. There may be other cap adjustments. For argument's sake, let us presume that each team has an addition $15M to spend. Teams could not spend the cap money, could spend it on exisiting players through restructurings or extensions, or the money could be spent on free agents. I just don't see how giving everyone $15M extra to spend INCREASES our chances of signing Givens, or anyone else. I think the free agency prices will be higher, and it will be less likely that the prices paid Givens would be acceptable to the patriots. Also, teams that were in cap trouble might need a wide receiver, and didn't ahve enough to vcompete for a Givens. Now, a couple more teams might have enough money to compete. just by 2 cents. --------------- BTW, I think that a major gain to the patriots could be that the money might be used to extend players like Seymour, Branch, Graham, Samuel and Koppen. Curiously, I think this makes it more likely to extend Branch, and less likely to sign Givens.