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Peter King
November 12, 2001
Owners approved the extension of the collective bargaining agreement through 2006 at last week's fall meeting, but don't assume players will ratify the deal. They want assurances that the salary cap will not be lowered at any point. Depending on what kinds of deals the league strikes with the networks after the TV contracts expire in 2005, a lower cap is a possibility....
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November 12, 2001

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Owners approved the extension of the collective bargaining agreement through 2006 at last week's fall meeting, but don't assume players will ratify the deal. They want assurances that the salary cap will not be lowered at any point. Depending on what kinds of deals the league strikes with the networks after the TV contracts expire in 2005, a lower cap is a possibility....

Dom Capers, coach of the expansion Texans, was in the house for the North Carolina- Georgia Tech game last Thursday. If the draft were today, Houston would be leaning toward taking Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers, the best pass rusher in the nation, with the first pick....

Tampa Bay hasn't won at Lambeau Field since 1989, which is why, despite the terrific rivalry with the Packers, the Bucs aren't shedding many tears over their move next year to the NFC South. " Curly Lambeau was the coach the last time we beat 'em here," Bucs general manager Rich McKay said after the Packers rallied from a 10-point deficit to win 21-20. Tampa Bay won't return to Lambeau until 2005....

One of the biggest plays on Sunday was turned by one of the day's most unlikely players—Giants defensive tackle Frank Ferrara (whose dad is the stunt double for James Gan-dolfini in The Sopranos). Ferrara was so sure he wouldn't play after intermission against Dallas that he ate a hot dog at halftime. However, fatigue to Ross Kolodziej forced Ferrara into action, and with 1:55 left in a tie game, the Cowboys had moved to the New York 48 when he beat All-Pro guard Larry Allen and sacked Ryan Leaf....

Trouble in Miami: Over the last 10 quarters Lamar Smith has 80 yards rushing on 46 carries. Defenses don't respect the Dolphins' passing game.

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