I'm just throwing this idea out there again - the notion of a veteran player coach who would not count towards the roster and/or salary cap is an idea I've raised from time to time. While there's a long way to go in the "negotiations" between the players and owners, I've always thought giving each team a roster and/or salary cap exemption for a veteran player (10 years plus - maybe with the same team, or maybe just in the NFL in general) would be a good thing for football. The old rules regarding the NFL veteran minimum salary and its limited salary cap hit seems to recognize the value that a veteran player brings to the team. I'm thinking it would be good to keep that as is, but give teams the ability to retain a player/coach - a Troy Brown or even Alge Crumpler type who might no longer have the full physical skills but can serve as a role model or teacher to the rookies. Designating one player per team provides some added depth to the roster, and gives quality veterans who might otherwise be on the bubble the opportunity to remain with the team and contribute - both on the field and as teachers and good examples for the younger players. My feeling is that retaining such high caliber players (in terms of character, work ethic and knowledge/experience) would be beneficial both to the young players, eligible veterans, and the NFL in general. I'm not sure if it's been seriously considered by anyone in the NFL, but I think it would be a win win all around and might be a nice bone for the owners to throw to the players - as well as the fans, as its probably the fan favorites like Troy Brown, Crumpler, Kevin Faulk who would be in the running. Any thoughts from PatsFans nation on this?