Hadn't seen this mentioned...but I think the CBA and such always important to keep a handle on... ProFootballTalk.com - Rumor Mill â€śLAST CAPPED YEARâ€ť LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKELY Posted by Mike Florio on October 15, 2008, 9:11 a.m. When posting on Tuesday an item regarding the formal launch of the NFLPAâ€™s search for a new Executive Director, I didnâ€™t really think through the implication of the NFLPAâ€™s announcement that the process will be finalized during the March 2009 meeting of player representatives. This means that, unless the union is comfortable with the notion of a new CBA being finalized by interim Executive Director Richard Berthelsen, no new agreement will be in place by March 1, 2009. And this means that 2009 will be the â€ślast capped yearâ€ť under the current CBA. In 2006, the looming commencement of the last capped year forced the two sides to get a deal done. Basically, once the various teams digested the implications of the changes to the salary cap accounting rules that are triggered when the very next league year wonâ€™t have a salary cap in place, management realized that it made plenty of sense to get a deal done. Though the rules of the last capped year in 2009 wonâ€™t be quite as restrictive as they were in 2006, it will nevertheless be painful for some of the teams to comply. So once the NFL absorbs the final year with a salary cap, the NFL might be more willing to take a year without a salary cap, which isnâ€™t nearly as favorable to players as a superficial consideration of the absence of a cap suggests. (For example, the minimum requirement for becoming an unrestricted free agent moves from four years to six.) And if thereâ€™s a year without a salary cap, it will be very difficult to put a cap back in place. Which means that itâ€™ll be difficult to get a deal done on a new CBA. Which means that we might very well be covering the UFL in 2011. I wonder what this means long term for the league???