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Option bonus holding up Patriots-McCourty talks

Albert Breer of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots have been in contract talks with unsigned first-round pick Devin McCourty “on a daily basis for more than two weeks now.”  McCourty, the 27th overall selection in April’s draft, is represented by Andy Simms of PlayersRep sports agency.

According to Breer, the holdup between Simms and the Pats is the placement of McCourty’s option bonus.  For first-round rookies like Donald Brown and Clay Matthews last year, the option bonus was placed in the deal’s second year, or on the first day of the subsequent “League Year.”
Option bonuses allow NFL teams to compensate rookies according to draft slot without dipping into the current year’s rookie pool.  However, they are not guaranteed.  Therefore, agents must make sure their clients aren’t at risk of losing the future earnings.  With a lockout possible in 2011, the option bonuses may be jeopardized.
As we recently explained, the option bonus phenomenon is one of the reasons for the absence of any first-round deals.

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5 Responses to “Option bonus holding up Patriots-McCourty talks”
  1. TheWizard says: Jul 19, 2010 9:39 PM

    Time to blow up the system obviously.
    Set a flat rate for rookies and be done with it.

  2. rjgreen3 says: Jul 19, 2010 10:01 PM

    The owners and commissioner, players and nflpa have to be the dumbest smart people alive.

  3. PFTiswhatitis says: Jul 19, 2010 10:03 PM

    So just make it guarranteed if he is still with the team in the subsequent year (3) and hasnt received the bonus yet???

  4. HarrisonHits says: Jul 19, 2010 10:49 PM

    If the agents and players think the teams are going to bend on this issue without a new CBA in place they are nuts. They need to accept the current marketplace and do the best deal they can under its limitations, otherwise their 1st round picks will end up not playing this year and getting a hell of a lot less after they re-enter the draft and go to a team under a rookie wage scale.

  5. GryphKid44 says: Jul 21, 2010 1:13 PM

    PFTiswhatitis says:
    July 19, 2010 10:03 PM
    So just make it guarranteed if he is still with the team in the subsequent year (3) and hasnt received the bonus yet???
    _____________
    That is the thing about ‘guarenteed’, there is no ‘if’. Once there is an ‘if’, it is not guarenteed.

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