Something to muse on, in case you missed Pasquarelli's and Clayton's FAQ on the Big Brouhaha: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2351462 How does all of this affect the 2006 NFL draft? Signing draft choices will be more difficult this year, because teams can prorate signing bonuses over only four seasons. Already, agents figure the most a top draft choice can make under that scenario is $15 million, a major reduction from recent years. That likely will lead to long holdouts by draft choices. What are the long-term ramifications for the league? Barring a new CBA, the players either will be on strike or the owners will lock out the players in 2008. The union likely will decertify, and antitrust rules will apply. Also, the NFL draft will go away in 2008 as part of a clause inserted in the current CBA. Players coming out of college could be free agents, with no salary restrictions. Open negotiations, including those for rookies coming out of college, will leave it to the players to get what they can get. Wouldn't it be fun if a quorum of 2008's draft-eligibles ... put up a website, where all offers they receive were posted? Open-outcry auction would be good for them ... and a delight for fandom. Perhaps even the league would encourage it ... as a way of maintaining interest in their product before they or the PA sh1tcans the season of '08.