I posted this on CPND and it is on Twitter but thought I would post it here for my ES colleagues as well.
Now I don't agree with this at all because the NFL approved all these contracts but it does bring some rationalization behind the NFL decision.
Its a twitter explanation I gave to Rich Tandler so please read from the bottom up.............
57s Robert Large@PCinOz
But this will be the cornerstone of the NFL argument - that those two contracts were done differently to the others.
1m Robert Large@PCinOz
How is AH and DH case different to TW, Rak or Peppers based on what the NFL secretly told the team owners/GM;s?
2m Robert Large@PCinOz
@PCinOz @Rich_Tandler There was no breakdown of info on what was "allowed" and what wasn't so how do the NFL have a leg to stand on anyway?
6m Robert Large@PCinOz
@PCinOz @Rich_Tandler Thats why the SKins and Boys should take this to court they would win hands down
6m Robert Large@PCinOz
@Rich_Tandler Thats the difference. Should it matter? No. But the NFL are quarantining that issue to hit the SKins with.
7m Rich Tandler@Rich_Tandler
@PCinOz In other words, they're making it up as they go along. Not the way it's supposed to operate. I know you know that, just odd.
7m Robert Large@PCinOz
@Rich_Tandler Totally agree, they have found a way to seperate abuses with new or unpaid money from already paid and earned money
8m Rich Tandler@Rich_Tandler
@PCinOz . . . the cap hit if they want to release Peppers. Same thing, just a new contract.
9m Rich Tandler@Rich_Tandler
@PCinOz No, it was a brand new contract when he signed as a UFA with the Bears. Paid out big $ in 1st year to lower cap later and reduce . .
9m Robert Large@PCinOz
@Rich_Tandler I;m just using the openalty number to rationalise the NFL decision, not saying that the NFL is right to exclude other abuses
10m Robert Large@PCinOz
@Rich_Tandler Was any of Peppers money already earned and paid
11m Rich Tandler@Rich_Tandler
@PCinOz I get that. Just don't see why the Bears aren't in the same boat.
11m Robert Large@PCinOz
@Rich_Tandler The diff is the NFL are focused on those two already paid & prorated option bonuses, not accelerating yet to be paid/earned
13m Robert Large@PCinOz
@Rich_Tandler ...but also accelerates already paid option bonuses to AH ($21m) and DH ($15m). Now what was the penalty? 21+15
14m Robert Large@PCinOz
@Rich_Tandler Rich Rich look at the Skins that year, renegotiated Orakpo and Williams contract to accelerate as yet unpaid future bonuses...
he Bears signed Julius Peppers as a UFA in 2010 to a deal with a $35 million cap hit. But they escape penalty here. Why?