Interesting stuff here (following my thoughts) I seriously think Patriots are preparing for this and best way to do it is through the draft along with signing their own (next year). I think it would work to our advantage, we know how to draft AND we are a franchise that has money. We also have an awesome organization with great ownership, coaching and scouting, not to mention serious talent on the current team to boot. Watch out players...I don't think you'll win here. The National Football Post | National Football Post Diner News FROM PAUL DOMOWITCH OF THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWSâŠâAn uncapped system is not going to hurt us,â chimed in NFLPA president Kevin Mawae. âThe skyâs the limit.â That remains to be seen. While itâs easy for Mawae and (Richard) Berthelsen to talk tough now and suggest that an NFL world without a salary cap would be a utopia for the players, the truth is that wonât necessarily be the case. While no cap would mean teams could spend as much as they wanted on free agents, it also means they could spend as little as they wanted. There would be no salary-cap ceiling or floor. For every big spender like the Cowboysâ Jerry Jones, there will be a tightwad like the Bengalsâ Mike Brown. Then there are the restrictions in the CBA that accompany free agency in an uncapped year. Most significant, the number of service years to qualify for unrestricted free agency jumps from 4 years to 6. In addition, the eight teams that make it to the divisional round of the playoffs are restricted as to the number of free agents they can sign the following year. The four teams that make it to the conference championship games canât sign a free agent unless they lose one. âThe biggest negative is the shift from 4 years to 6 years to be eligible for unrestricted free agency,â said longtime agent Jerrold Colton. âThat is just a huge difference. There will be so many players that have either a significant delay in getting to free agency, or never actually hit it. I mean, 6 years is almost twice the average NFL playing career.â What fans donât realize about the uncapped year is that it will be a bonanza for the owners, not the players. Not having to spend a minimum level will allow owners to put a budget on player costs, field very competitive teams and make money. Free agency at six years instead of four is another benefit for the owners because most players do not reach six years in the league, and those who do will be re-signed well before they hit the potential free-agent date. I realize that Iâve always been in the management part of the NFL, but when I look at the uncapped year, I see a huge benefit for the owners. In free agency, you should spend money on great players and spend very little on role players. Where teams make mistakes (and Iâve made them myself) is when they pay top dollar for a second-level player. Overpaying for mediocrity is a cancer for teams in the UFA market. Instead of spending big money for free agents, owners would benefit more if they built a first-class scouting department that could be on the cutting edge of finding players. Much like the drug companies invest millions in research and development, NFL owners should invest more money in scouting rather than view it as a way to trim costs.