I tried to google this and didn't get any good intel back. I know that in the 93-94 season it was instituted with a 34 million dollar cap. How did contracts work before that. If at the end of their rookie contract they could not come to terms on a new contract, say Jerry Rice, was Jerry not free to seek employment on another team. Was there simply no cap and teams could spend whatever and only had to worry about their bottom line.
If the latter was the case, I would be curious to see how the Niners spent their money in the late 80s. How did they keep such great players together for that long of a time. Was their a luxury tax to those teams that spent so much money on their roster. Was Debartolo like Steinbrenner and simply didn't care about money just about winning.
I was born in 81, so to be honest I was to young during our glory years to really think to much about it. The only thing I remember is Policy being named executive of the year in 1994 and thinking well add another thing we are great at. Now it came to haunt us years later but at the time it got us another Super Bowl so I was happy.
All I hear about now is how much harder it is in today's NFL to produce a dynasty. It is something that I just assume is correct but have no idea about what the difference is. Does anyone have a link or maybe have their own recollection about how the NFL worked before the Salary Cap era. Now if this turns out to be a dumb question my bad. Personally, I just don't completely understand it and wanted to see if someone could enlighten me.