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Insider Only Colon, Gay expected to be unrestricted free agents under New CBA

The NFL and players continue inch closer to a new CBA, which should be agreed upon next month in time for training camps to begin on-time.
Based on details coming out of the proposed CBA agreement, the Steelers figure to have a busy off-season due to the potential new free agency rules.

According to one report from ESPN, players with four years of experience will be unrestricted free agents under the new CBA.
Under this scenario, RT Willie Colon, CB William Gay and TE Matt Spaeth will be unrestricted free agents instead of restricted.
The Steelers have interest in retaining all three players.
Previously, there was some debate where the three particular players would fall into.
A best case scenario for the Steelers would be for the NFL to operate under the 2010 NFL rules as all three would have been restricted but that’s not going to happen.
The top priority for the Steelers should be Willie Colon.
Details of a proposed collective bargaining agreement being pitched to NFL owners Tuesday, According to ESPN:
• Players get 48 percent of “all revenue.”
• Players’ share will never dip below 46.5 percent, under new formula being negotiated.
• Teams required to spend close to 100 percent of the salary cap.
• Rookie wage scale part of deal but still being “tweaked.”
• Four years needed for unrestricted free-agent status. Certain tags will be retained, but still being discussed.
• 18-game regular season designated only as negotiable item and at no point is mandated in deal.
• New 16-game Thursday night TV package beginning in 2012.
• Owners still will get some expense credits that will allow funding for new stadiums.
• Retirees to benefit from improved health care, pension benefits as revenue projected to double to $18 million by 2016.

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