You ever heard of this rule? I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t, because for the most part, the Draft-obsessed sports media has ignored the Final Eight Rule and anything else related to Free Agency.
Hence the poor Draft marks for the Seahawks. Put the potential to replenish via Free Agency what we skipped in the Draft, and you Negative Nellies wouldn’t have so much firepower.
Anyway, here’s the Final Eight Rule, implemented before the 2010 season (when we also had an Uncapped Year), via Bleacher Report:
The final four teams will not be permitted to negotiate or sign any unrestricted free agent to a player contract unless he is cut from his team or originally belonged to the team that is trying to sign (or re-sign) him.
The bottom four of the final eight have it a little easier. They will be allowed to sign only one player with a salary of $4,925,000 or (less) and any number of players with a first-year salary of no more than $3,275,000 with an annual increase of no more than 30 percent in the following year.
As you well know, the Seahawks were indeed one of the Final Eight teams in last year’s playoffs, thanks to beating New Orleans. So, not only did we slide 17 or so picks in the Draft, but we’re also saddled with this Final Eight bullshit.
What does this mean? Well, unless Hasselbeck signs some crazy-huge contract with some desperate team, we can kiss Robert Gallery goodbye. And that pipe dream (or wet dream, depending on who you ask) known as Nnamdi Asomugha … you can forget that one, Looney Tunes! You’ll never get EITHER of those studs for less than 5 mil! (unless there’s some sort of loophole … like guaranteeing a boatload of money in that 3rd year of the contract; or rigging up some kind of way to give more in the signing bonus somehow).
Oh bleak despair! What was the point of eliminating all those big-money contracts if we weren’t going to be able to sign better players the following year?
This salary cap must return! This is no good! You fucking NFL owners need to pull your heads out of your asses!
Or … OR, maybe don’t. Then, when we can’t sign anyone good in Free Agency, we can say, “Well, yeah, but look at that Final Eight Rule! It’s not our fault, it was the one-armed man!” Then … THEN, when we go 0-16 (all the while blaming said Final Eight Rule), our consciences will be clear (as will the path to draft Sir Andrew Luck). It’s all coming together.
We’ll be like that one year the San Antonio Spurs were terrible, right before they drafted Tim Duncan. Heavens no they did not tank! Neither will we … *wink*