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Peterson: 'Those guys aren't telling us anything'

Posted on: July 9, 2011 8:43 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 1:20 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

BEAVERTON, Ore -- Patrick Peterson, like most rookies, is in the dark when it comes to NFL labor negotiations.

That's part and parcel of being a first-year player -- with the apparent exception of NFL v. Brady plaintiff and Broncos rookie Von Miller -- because rookies don't have a lot of input into big NFL-related decisions.

But, as Peterson told CBSSports.com at the Nike's 7-on-7 challenge "The Opening," it's also because no one has bothered to tell them anything.

"I haven't heard any news about what you just discussed," Peterson said, referring to the recent ruling from the 8th Circuit that affected rookies and free agents. "It's confidential -- those guys aren't telling us anything. The only guy in the rookie class is Von Miller, and I know him personally, and he's not saying anything as well.

"So those guys have to stay true to what's going on in court."

Again, this isn't that odd -- the rookies aren't supposed to be involved in a whole lot when it comes to labor talks. And it's also worth noting that Peterson wasn't contentious about the issue about not being informed on the legal proceeding end of things.

But it's definitely weird that they're not being told anything, especially when serious decisions are being made about their future by people who aren't, well, them.

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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 11:56 pm
 

Peterson: 'Those guys aren't telling us anything'

Patrick there is an easy solution to your problem. Just click on CBSSports,com each day and read all the 'sources say' reports. That will surely fill you in with all the scoop. Of course the media has been extremely biased towards the players so perhaps you should not get to excited by what you read here. Their need to suck up to players in order to get interviews and scoops from inside requires them to totally slant the articles to the players.

As far as rookie salaries go the NFL is all about taking care of you. In past years top rookies have had tremendous stress in their contract negotiations. In addition the very large amounts of money handed out have lead to stress by the players on what to buy first. So the league is committed to a fixed salary schedule for you (personally) and your slot in the draft. You will have the honor of being among the first ever rookies who do not need to negotiate for your contract - just sign here. You will also be relieved of having to make those hard decisions with your excess money. The league is investing it for you in longevity for the league through increased owner profits.

Look, Patrick, it is a hard lump tp swallow. Instead of $50M guaranteed you are slated for $5M. But that is still a lot of money for a guy who has never played a snap. And, no doubt, the former union will make sure that the contract you sign is shorter in length leading to a quicker path to free agency. Seat at the table? Doesn't matter much because the voices have, until recently, just been talking over each other. Now it is down to Smith and Goodell. When they get done the blog here will let you know what is decided and that is all any of us can hope for.



Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Peterson: 'Those guys aren't telling us anything'

I feel the pain, it is like my first year at work and my managers have a meeting to change the comp plan...it sux but it is like any other job rookie, just do not worry and do your job if the opportunity arrises


Mike, Gators 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Peterson: 'Those guys aren't telling us anything'

I feel badly for them, because of when they are coming out, they may lose a chance at an NFL career. They have virtually no shot with no OTAs, mini-camps, etc. They will get to go to whatever training camp totally blind. The NFL may lose alot of potential stars because they never had a shot.


The rookies will be just fine.  They'll have a rookie cap to deal with but they'll get paid according to whatever the CBA allows.  And they'll get plenty of chances to make the NFL.   Right now I'd be more worried about their being no NFL season at all this year because the longer this goes the more this becomes a reality.  Goodell warned the union that if they want this solved through litigation it won't be good for anybody.... and he's right.  Look at how slow the courts are moving..... they need to settle in the next 2 weeks or we most likely won't see any games this year. 



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:34 am
 

Peterson: 'Those guys aren't telling us anything'

Peterson does make a valid point about the rookies being left in the dark when it comes to decisions are being made about the rookies' future,but he's not the first or will he be the last person to feel like that. The rookies have to pay their dues just like the rookies before them in order to have a "say-so" in any type of labor discussions. For the time being,keep yourself in shape,stay out of trouble,and you'll be ok.....Let the player representatives handle the situation because somewhere down the line,you'll be doing the same thing for a future rookie if this were to happen again.


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