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Report: owners, NFLPA agree on rookie wage scale

Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 5:40 pm
 
S. Bradford (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

Well, at least some progress is being made in the labor negotiations. There is still the division of $9 billion to figure out. But in the meantime, the NFL and NFLPA has agreed that a much smaller chunk of that $9 billion than in past years will go to rookies.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports writes, “According to two sources familiar with the negotiations, the league and the union have reached a basic compromise on a rookie wage scale that will replace the current rookie salary cap. The owners backed off the idea of requiring first-round picks to sign five-year deals, instead limiting the contracts to four years before a player could become a free agent. The agreement is also expected to include a stipulation limiting the amount of guaranteed money and signing bonus offered to draft picks.”

The agreement also says that players drafted after the first round can become free agents after three years, though teams can be restricted tags (i.e. RFA tender) after three years. That’s essentially the same arrangement as before.

But the focus is on the first-rounders. Previously, players picked 1-16 could sign six-year deals; players picked 17-32 could sign for five years. But a shorter four-year deal allows good players to reach free agency faster. That’s key when you’re talking about limiting those players’ salaries.

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It is not yet known just how limited those salaries will be. Cole reports that the owners’ initial offer was for the top overall pick to receive a five-year deal worth $19 million, with $6 million guaranteed. That would be about a $44 million drop from what Sam Bradford received last year.

A rookie wage scale has significant impact on the value of draft picks. No longer will holding a top five pick be a curse. Don’t be surprised if teams that normally horde late-round picks (say, the Patriots, for example) suddenly discover a newfound interest for trading up in the draft.

As for what this means for the ongoing labor negotiations....it's progress, obviously. But it's expected progress. The concept of a rookie wage scale is one area where the NFL and NFLPA have been on the same general page all along.

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Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Report: owners, NFLPA agree on rookie wage scale

The seniors in this years draft that could have been first round picks last year but decided to return for their senior year now realize just how stupid that decision was and how much money it cost them.

I can't remember who but there were a few players that returned for their seniors seasons last year and I was totally left scratching my head and thinking, "Is one more year of college worth losing out on millions and millions?" I mean a $40 million drop for the #1 pick in the draft. WOW!!!

I'd imagine some of the first round picks are gonna have a chip on their shoulders when they first go into their lockerrooms knowing the veterans benefitted from this system for years and basically sold out on this years draft class.



Since: May 25, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Report: owners, NFLPA agree on rookie wage scale

Plus once drafted by a team you are their property unless traded or released outright by that team. 



Since: May 25, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Report: owners, NFLPA agree on rookie wage scale

Dude if you wait a year to re-enter the draft you still are subject to the rookie salary cap.  I also do not think company's are interested in giving lucrative endorsement deals to players who do not play. You do not get rid of the rookie status until you have played a year.



Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Report: owners, NFLPA agree on rookie wage scale

  I agree that it is a theory.... and the fans would go nuts if a team ever did it...but it is tough to feel sorry for either side....the owners cant control themselves , the players (and agents) always want more and the fans pay the price....meanwhile many of my friends have lost their jobs and would be happy to make less in order to keep their homes.


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