With the uncapped year, I would've thought it would be prime pickings for the top profit teams (like the patriots) to use this year to better position themselves in the next few years. For example, Brady's (reported) extension gives you ~17million per year for the next 4 years. Instead of the initial money being a signing bonus -- which if current rules go forward would be averaged out, why would they not just increase this year's salary by whatever the signing bonus is, and then make the signing bonus 0. The money Brady gets per year wouldn't change, but the likely cap hits next year and beyond likely would decrease. Now its possible for the NFL to end up creating a rule that says the cap hit is the average value regardless of bonus/salary structure to protect against this manipulation, so if you really trust a player (like the patriots do with brady), why not do something like: Re-do this year's contract so its a 1 year 60 million. With the unwritten agreement that he'll sign a 3 year contract for league minimum after the after the labor agreement is settled. That way, since its 2 different contracts, the avg value of the contract would be a few hundred thousand when the cap is eventually instituted. Obviously the above paragraph would take a huge leap of faith on trusting the player (which i think can be selectively done with a few players like brady and welker and wilfork), but my first idea on converting signing bonus to salary really has no downside on either party's part.