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Rookie wage scale still needs to be addressed

Posted on: June 20, 2011 11:44 am
Edited on: June 20, 2011 12:24 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though the issue of a rookie wage scale likely won’t keep a new CBA from coming together -- there’s still, for instance, that tiny issue of how to split up $9 billion -- it still is a topic on which the owners and the players will have to reach consensus in order to end the lockout.

According to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, sources tell him that a rookie scale “could limit contract length for non-quarterback first-round picks to four years while other draftees could sign three-year deals, allowing a faster track to free agency (albeit restricted free agency in some cases). Another provision could eliminate option bonuses and other triggers that stretch salary cap dollars.”

Assuming that rookie wage scale is negotiated into a new CBA, you can pretty much forget about seeing owners -- who will meet in Chicago on Tuesday -- give a contract like No. 1 pick Sam Bradford received in 2010 ($50 million guaranteed) or No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford got in 2009 ($41 million).

Panthers No. 1 pick Cam Newton, who perhaps could have fetched as much as $60 million guaranteed during the previous era, most likely will get less than that from the Panthers when he finally can sign.

"It won't be the same," Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, via the newspaper. "We all know that it's a common area of interest between us and the players. So it's reasonable to assume that there will be some changes there."

And while many players and fans believe the money saved by not paying rookies so much money would float uphill to the veteran players, that’s not a view held by all. In fact, some believe the more money that rookies can earn makes everybody that much more valuable.

Like agent Tom Condon, who told Bell, “Historically, contracts for rookies at the top of the draft helped veteran players.”

Of course, Condon has represented six of the past eight No. 1 picks, so he has a miniscule reason to hope top picks continue to make top money.

But ultimately, it’s hard to fault players who believe rookies should actually accomplish something in the NFL before they’re paid tens of millions dollars.

Which is why a rookie wage scale is going to happen.

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Rookie wage scale still needs to be addressed

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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 12:22 pm

Rookie wage scale still needs to be addressed

There are no guaranteed contracts in the NFL @jltexas  where have you been?

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 7:20 am

Rookie wage scale still needs to be addressed

I have allways said the NFL needed to do away with "guaranteed" contracts and make every contract performance based.  That would force the players to perform.  Take Haynesworth for example, say he signs a 7 year contract worth some 110 million, make it so 10 million a signing bonus, and every penny of the rest of it tied to performace based on sacks, tackles and other stats relating to that position.  Take a cornerback, have the performace standards enforced based on how many times they are thrown at, interception percentage and percentage of times they get burned.  Penalties could be another performace based item regarding pay. There is no reason people like Haynesworth, or Russell should be able to collect and not perform up to the standards they were being paid to perform to. 

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: June 21, 2011 12:59 am

The Ghost of JaMarcus Russell!

need i say more?

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 9:39 pm

Rookie wage scale still needs to be addressed

I am definitly in favor a cap or rookie wage scale like the NBA format. There are teams that due to cap space issues have to dump older veterans in favor of their draft picks which may or may not pan out. But the whole issue comes down to owner versus owner. You have the Redskins, Cowboys and others that will sign ridiculous contracts that seem to bust more often than not, while other owners stay within the constraints of the system and their own economic system. Football is just like the NBA and MLB. In the NBA you have the Lakers for one that is always at the top of the salary structure and in baseball you have the Yankees and others. The owners are their own worst enemy and no agreement with the respective unions is ever going to change that.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 9:26 pm

Rookie wage scale still needs to be addressed

Players don't have to give 2 weeks notice in order to quit. They just can't sign with another team in the NFL. Case in point - Carson Palmer.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:47 pm

Rookie wage scale still needs to be addressed

Rookie wage scale still needs to be addressed

As it should be. What job pays more to unknown performance? Put the money where it is deserved, by the players who can play. This is probably one of the biggest reasons the CBA was dropped, paying all those 1st round busts 10s of millions guarnteed. I want to see those paychecks getting cashed by playmakers not bench sitters. Cut the rookie pay salary and lessen the years so if they are good, they can sign their huge deal with their 2nd contract. Time to live in reality with the rest of the world, performance matters not where you are drafted!

Every single professional job pays for unknown performance/potential.  No new employee knows a thing about their job when they first take it.  You graduate from school or take a new job and you get paid based on expectations.  The higher level of a prospect you are, the more you get paid.  Top Finance grads can expect 6 figure salaries to start and get into the 7 figure range within 4-7 years.  The average joe obviously sees nowhere near those salaries, but they are by definition average and not a top prospect.  NFL drafted players are the very top prospects in the world in their profession. 

Top law grads tend to make $180k+ to start, but they aren't expected to do anything for about 4 years while they learn (usually just looking over documents to start).

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