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CBA uncertainty leads Bucs to alter approach at Senior Bowl

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By Dan Parr

Uncertainty about negotiations on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement has led at least one team to change its approach to the Senior Bowl this year.

If there is no new agreement before the start of the new league year in March, the current deal will expire and there will be no salary cap next season. With no cap, players will not be able to become unrestricted free agents unless they have accrued six seasons of experience. It doesn't look like we're nearing a breakthrough in negotiations between the owners and the players' union, and there's a good chance next season will be uncapped, but Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik told PFW he has his staff preparing for each scenario in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

"We actually don't have any of our pro scouts here (at Senior Bowl practice) today, and generally we used to always bring some of the pro scouts just to have more eyes, but we have four guys back in Tampa and our cap guys back in Tampa actually working on the two different avenues this thing could go to make sure we're prepared for either event."

The owners and players' union have until 2011 to get a new deal worked out before a work stoppage becomes a very real possibility.

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