2011 lockout language makes deals 'challenging'
Weaver would have been an unrestricted free agent, the threat of a lockout wouldn't be an issue and all involved in the negotiation would be living happily ever after.
Instead Weaver is restricted and like other players intent on signing long-term contracts, must decided what terms to take if there is no football in 2011. NFL coaches also have lockout language in their contracts according to reports.
Weaver and his agent, Harold Lewis, are intent on striking a deal with the Birds. But it won't be the slam-dunk a Pro Bowl player deserves in this, the new beginning of uncapped NFL football.