How does this change my life if I'm an NFL fan? On the surface, for 2008 and 2009, it doesn't alter a thing. For 2010, things could get hairy. That season salary cap rules would change giving teams greater latitude in signing players but players would need six years of service rather than four years to qualify for free agency. And the college draft goes away. If that sounds like a prescription for chaos, it's supposed to. All of those changes that could be harmful to one or both sides are also intended as "poison pills" to get both sides to agree to a new deal.