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10 reasons why there'll be a new CBA

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The NFL owners have been making noises about "uncertain future of the NFL", and the "strong possibility of a lockout". To quote Mike Ditka regarding the possibility of a lockout "I can't believe anybody is that stupid". Keeping with that here are 10 reasons why I think there will be a new CBA done in time to continue football.

1.) Julius Peppers. Six years, $84 million, $42 million guaranteed

Career Stats more
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2009 Carolina Panthers 16 14 42 36 6 10.5 0 5 2 13 6.5 13T 1 5
2008 Carolina Panthers 16 16 51 40 11 14.5 -- 5 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 5
2007 Carolina Panthers 14 14 38 30 8 2.5 -- 5 1 0 0.0 0 0 3
2006 Carolina Panthers 16 16 57 48 9 13.0 -- 6 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 3
2005 Carolina Panthers 16 16 50 38 12 10.5 -- 6 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 2
2004 Carolina Panthers 16 16 64 52 12 11.0 0 7 2 143 71.5 97 1 4
2003 Carolina Panthers 16 16 44 37 7 7.0 -- 3 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 3
2002 Carolina Panthers 12 12 35 28 7 12.0 -- 4 1 21 21.0 21 0 5
TOTAL 381 309 72 81.0 0 41 6 177 -- 97 2 30

2.) Elvis Dumervil. Six years, $61.5 million. $41 million guaranteed

Career Stats more
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2009 Denver Broncos 16 14 49 42 7 17.0 -- 3 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 4
2008 Denver Broncos 16 15 24 17 7 5.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
2007 Denver Broncos 16 16 39 34 5 12.5 -- 4 1 27 27.0 27 0 4
2006 Denver Broncos 13 0 17 14 3 8.5 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
TOTAL 129 107 22 43.0 0 8 1 27 -- 27 0 10

3.) Dunta Robinson. Six years, $57 million, $23.5 million guaranteed

Career Stats more
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2009 Houston Texans 16 16 64 54 10 0.0 -- 9 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
2008 Houston Texans 11 6 38 35 3 0.0 -- 6 2 0 0.0 0 0 0
2007 Houston Texans 9 9 34 29 5 0.0 -- 7 2 6 3.0 10 0 0
2006 Houston Texans 16 16 82 69 13 0.0 0 10 2 9 4.5 9T 1 1
2005 Houston Texans 16 16 88 69 19 1.0 -- 9 1 1 1.0 1 0 1
2004 Houston Texans 16 16 87 73 14 3.0 -- 13 6 146 24.3 61 0 3
TOTAL 393 329 64 4.0 0 54 13 162 -- 61 1 6

4.) Jahri Evans. Seven years, $56.7 million. $12 million guaranteed

Career Offensive Line Stats
Year Team G GS Pen Yds False Start Holding Sacks Allwd Yds
2006 NO 16 16 5 53 1 2 1.00 7.00
2007 NO 16 16 4 34 0 4 2.00 14.00
2008 NO 16 16 5 30 4 1 1.00 9.00
2009 NO 16 16 5 40 1 3 2.00 20.00
Totals 64 64 19 157 6 10 6.00 50.00

5.) Patrick Willis. Seven years, $53.5 million, $29 million guaranteed

Career Stats more
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2009 San Francisco 49ers 16 16 152 114 38 4.0 0 8 3 33 11.0 23T 1 3
2008 San Francisco 49ers 16 16 141 109 32 1.0 0 10 1 86 86.0 86T 1 1
2007 San Francisco 49ers 16 16 174 135 39 4.0 -- 5 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 2
TOTAL 467 358 109 9.0 0 23 4 119 -- 86 2 6

6.) Brandon Marshall. Five years, $47.3 million, $12.5 million guaranteed

Career Stats more
Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2009 Denver Broncos 15 13 101 1,120 11.1 75T 10 7 39 5.6 14 0 -- --
2008 Denver Broncos 15 15 104 1,265 12.2 47 6 2 -4 -2.0 7 0 4 3
2007 Denver Broncos 16 16 102 1,325 13.0 68T 7 5 57 11.4 24 0 3 1
2006 Denver Broncos 15 1 20 309 15.5 71T 2 2 12 6.0 6 0 1 0
TOTAL 327 4,019 12.3 75 25 16 104 6.5 24 0 8 4

7.) Karlos Dansby. Five years, $43 million, $22 million guaranteed

Career Stats more
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2009 Arizona Cardinals 16 16 109 89 20 1.0 -- 4 1 11 11.0 11 0 1
2008 Arizona Cardinals 16 16 119 95 24 4.0 -- 5 2 47 23.5 34 0 2
2007 Arizona Cardinals 14 14 97 77 20 3.5 -- 8 3 55 18.3 28 0 4
2006 Arizona Cardinals 14 10 80 67 13 8.0 -- 3 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 2
2005 Arizona Cardinals 15 15 88 69 19 4.0 0 1 3 31 10.3 18T 2 2
2004 Arizona Cardinals 15 11 60 43 17 5.0 -- 4 1 2 2.0 2 0 1
TOTAL 553 440 113 25.5 0 25 10 146 -- 34 2 12

8.) Vince Wilfork. Five years, $40 million, $25 million guaranteed

Career Stats more
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2009 New England Patriots 13 13 43 31 12 0.0 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
2008 New England Patriots 16 16 66 45 21 2.0 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2007 New England Patriots 16 16 48 36 12 2.0 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2006 New England Patriots 13 13 50 40 10 1.0 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2005 New England Patriots 16 16 54 40 14 0.5 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2004 New England Patriots 16 6 42 27 15 2.0 -- 3 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
TOTAL 303 219 84 7.5 0 10 0 0 -- 0 0 1

9.) Deion Branch. Six years, $39 million. $13 million guaranteed

Career Stats more
Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2009 Seattle Seahawks 14 5 45 437 9.7 35 2 1 -8 -8.0 -8 0 -- --
2008 Seattle Seahawks 8 8 30 412 13.7 63 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 Seattle Seahawks 11 11 49 661 13.5 65 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 Seattle Seahawks 14 13 53 725 13.7 38T 4 4 30 7.5 19 0 -- --
2005 New England Patriots 16 15 78 998 12.8 51 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 New England Patriots 9 9 35 454 13.0 26T 4 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2003 New England Patriots 15 11 57 803 14.1 66T 3 1 11 11.0 11 0 -- --
2002 New England Patriots 13 7 43 489 11.4 49T 2 2 0 0.0 4 0 1 0
TOTAL 390 4,979 12.8 66 28 8 33 4.1 19 0 2 1

10.) Antrel Rolle. Five years, $37 million, $15 million guaranteed

Career Stats more
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2009 Arizona Cardinals 15 15 72 61 11 1.5 0 8 4 71 17.8 29 0 1
2008 Arizona Cardinals 16 16 89 78 11 0.0 0 5 1 40 40.0 40T 1 0
2007 Arizona Cardinals 16 8 62 52 10 0.0 0 10 5 231 46.2 57 3 0
2006 Arizona Cardinals 16 16 84 77 7 0.0 -- 10 1 23 23.0 23 0 2
2005 Arizona Cardinals 5 4 28 26 2 0.0 -- 1 1 29 29.0 29 0 0
TOTAL 335 294 41 1.5 0 34 12 394 -- 57 4 3

You don't shell out this kind of money on players if you're not certain what the market will be. Not if you plan on staying in business.

Bonus reasons:

1.) Average NFL team's net worth is close to $1 billion. (Forbes).

2.) Average profit per NFL team in 2009. $212,500,000.

3.) Most profitable sport in the US? The NFL

MLB--Average franchise worth $491 million. Total income of $6.8 billion. Operating costs of $522,000 Average profit per team $209 million

NFL--Average franchise worth $1 billion. Total income of $7.8 billion. Operating costs of $1.034 billion. Average profit per team $212.5 million

NBA--Average franchise worth $367 million. Total revenue of $4 billion. Operating costs of $233 million. Average profit per team of $125.5 million

NHL--Average franchise worth $223 million. Total revenue of $3 billion. Operating costs of $184 million. Average profit per team of $93.86 million

Source: Plunkett Research

Despite rising costs the NFL continues to be a gold mine for the owners and is basically a license to print money.

4.) Rookie signings are up 29% over last year at this time.