And you want to know the key thing you left out of all of that?
Key word, their contracts. If Richardson gave Newton money outside of his contract, it is not going to count against the salary cap. If every single dime given to a player affected the salary cap, why has the money Richardson gave Olsen for transportation to help his son, TJ, not affected our cap yet?
It was a benefit. Just like paying for gas would be a benefit. Just like Richardson paying for Newton's house would classify as benefits.
So no, I am not wrong. But if you'd like to continue this, go right ahead. However, you are being foolish to think Richardson buying Newton's house actually affects the football teams cap. It's a benefit. It isn't agreed upon in the contract. It doesn't affect the salary cap. Or again, as the example above, the money (how much it was) JR paid Olsen would have affected it. Which it quite obviously didn't, and quite clearly wouldn't.
If you would read CBA section 4(a) you would see it said "but not including Benefits". You would read the exact defination of "benefits" in Article 12, section 2. To summarize it's things like: Pension funding, group insurance, workers' comp., s.s. taxes, per diems, Gene Upshaw Health Account, "88 Benefit" (dementia), the Legacy Benefit, etc. When you say "It's a benefit. It isn't agreed upon in the contract." Do you actually believe these benefits aren't spelled out in the contract?
You would have that found other things "not in a player's contract" like drafted rookies salaries are included as of day of the draft
(have they signed a contract that day ???), tenders, offer sheets (and it specifically says "until player is signed to a player contract"), grievances (you think the player is announcing his future grievance in his contract? LOL), and for about the 3rd time "Any other Salary not listed above paid to players shall be included in Team Salary".
You are just making up that money outside a contract doesn't count against the salary cap. I posted the NFL / NFLPA CBA saying it DOES. In fact it says "A player’s Salary shall also include any and all consideration received by the player or his Player Affiliate from a Club or Club Affiliate, even if such consideration is ostensibly paid to the player for services other than football playing services..."
So how 'bout you posting something to prove your point those monies don't count!
You're not worth any more of my time trying to explain it to you. Remember you are the guy saying rookies aren't included in the salary cap. Do you also not see that practice squad players are?
Have fun learning the rules of the league.