- The Washington Times - Friday, March 3, 2006

Five hours before they had to be under this year’s $94.5 million salary cap, the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL received an additional three days to decide which players to cut and which veterans’ contracts to re-structure.

The deadline is now 6 p.m. Sunday and the beginning of free agency has been pushed back from today to Monday as the league and the players association return to negotiating a collective bargaining agreement.

The extra 72 hours benefit teams such as the Redskins, who started the day nearly $17 million over the salary cap.

Quarterback Mark Brunell re-structured his contract on Wednesday to save the team $3 million and cornerback Shawn Springs said yesterday he also agreed to re-work his contract. Springs, who was not specific about the terms, was due a $3.1 million roster bonus this year. If the team spread it out over four years, it would save $2.325 million in cap space.

“As a player, if you’re about the team, you do what you can to help them,” Springs said.

If a new CBA is agreed upon, the new salary cap would be around $110 million and it’s likely Brunell and Springs’ re-structured deals would be altered or voided all together.

Now the NFL’s players wait to see if a deal is reached.

“I know the owners and everybody involved and the powers that be are doing their best to get things back to where they’re supposed to be,” Redskins linebacker Marcus Washington said before the deadline was extended. “We’re like everybody — keeping our ears to the ground, hoping to hear some good news.”

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