There was an interesting article about Jack Ikegwuono in the Inky this weekend that, among other things, shed a little more light on his legal situation.
Ikegwuonu said the whole thing was a misunderstanding, although both parties were unable to comment much more specifically.
"I wish I could explain the whole story," Ikegwuonu said, adding that it would take a sit-down session over coffee to hash it out. "Nothing was taken. It's really just a big misunderstanding between friends. My brother's friend was actually the one that initially had contacted the authorities. His efforts to rectify the situation after the fact were pretty quick. He realized what had happened. But once the state's attorney got hold of it, she wouldn't let it go."
Ikegwuonu said deals had been offered and he was confident the situation would be resolved by the start of training camp on July 21. He added that to prove his innocence, he was willing to fight the charges.
Pat Kirwan explains how an uncapped year 2010 may actually lower spending.
The one factor fans have heard the most about is that 2010 and 2011 would be "uncapped" years. But there are three main trigger points that will go off in 2010 if there isn't a new CBA in place, and they may offset the fear of life with no salary cap. They are: 1) free agency will require six years of service (instead of four years in 2010 and five years in 2011); 2) teams will have three tags to use to restrict free agents instead of one tag, as they do now; and 3) teams that go deep in the playoffs could have some spending restrictions.
He goes into much more depth and it;s worth reading for anyone that thinks teams will go on spending sprees in the absence of a salary cap.