Have read stories in several out-of-town papers that the CBA renewal is getting done ... and that redefinition might well bring the cap to 100 mil or beyond during its first year. That's the sort of rumor that doesn't usually produce smoke without at least a smoldering fire behind it. Got to wondering how things would play out if that be true. My main finding: for a couple of years, all clubs will find it easier to hold onto their free agents. A salary cap of 100 million would be nearly a 20% jump from 2005's 85 mil. That is, on average, players will get 20% more. Same number of men. Same quality athlete. Just more money spread around amongst 'em. But players who have signed longterm contracts recently won't see any of that windfall. Perhaps rookies would do better ... but the new CBA may tighten first-rounder pay scales. Almost all that new money will fall to those players who re-negotiate old contracts, or do new ones, during the next few years. After that, a rising tide shall have lifted all boats ... players will feel that the new wage scale is their proper entitlement ... and essentially all contracts fall under the new terms. But before everyone adjusts their thinking and their feelings to the new wealth ... before the wage inflation becomes embedded ... special players will be able to get special deals. GMs will feel flush. Would Larry Izzo or Chad Scott be able to promote a 20% raise? I doubt it. But the money will be there, to be spent on someone. I imagine that management will be willing to offer, say, Big Sey 30% more than they would find prudent today. Givens, 25% more ... enough to break the psychologically significant 4 million dollar mark. Neal and Ash ... enough more to bring them back. Ditto, even the more difficult cases of Branch, Koppen, and Graham. This because ... even though in their heads (and their agents' heads) they KNOW that the club has more money to toss around ... it will take a couple years for them to get over the sneaking feeling that they are STEALING from the team. Just as it takes a little while for a lottery winner ... a TF-er ... an entrepreneur having his IPO ... or one of the Mrs. Trumps winning her divorce ... at least a short while to catch her breath and settle down ... so, too, ballplayers will feel lucky enough to be in the NFL at all when the new CBA takes effect, that they won't hold out for the richest bargain possible. They'll be more inclined to accept a golden offer from the home team. Or so it would seem.