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Rookie contracts could be last on post-lockout priority lists

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We don’t envy NFL general managers after the lockout ends.  They will have to sign undrafted free agents, re-sign their own free agents, handle the rest of the free agent market, and sign their own draft picks.

They will have to do all that at once in a new system of rules with training camp starting soon thereafter.  (Or immediately.)

Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik joined Florio on The Dan Patrick Show to talk about how things will be prioritized after the lockout ends.  Dominik says the undrafted free agents should quickly be signed first.  The next priority will be veteran free agents, and the final item on the list will be signing the rookies.

It’s a logical order.  As Dominik said, the rookies are already part of the organization.

We expect many teams to take a similar approach, which means that plenty of NFL rookies could wind up missing more practice time in training camp because they are unsigned.

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5 Responses to “Rookie contracts could be last on post-lockout priority lists”
  1. ianwhetstone says: Jul 7, 2011 12:36 PM

    On the other hand, if the new CBA includes a comprehensive rookie wage scale, it may streamline those negotiations a great deal.

  2. str82dvd says: Jul 7, 2011 12:54 PM

    I envy NFL GMs. Why? Straight cash, homey. I don’t care what their responsibilities are, they ain’t President. What a life that kind of money provides…

  3. Soulman45 says: Jul 7, 2011 12:57 PM

    Will I guess the rooks are going to have to earn the big money, show up and do a good job and you get paid.

  4. realitypolice says: Jul 7, 2011 1:30 PM

    If that’s the case, they should put some kind of one-time insurance clause into the CBA that allows drafted rookies from this draft only to go to camp with their teams while they are negotiating their contracts. These guys are far enough behind already.

    On the other hand, if the UDFAs get signed first, even before the regular free agents and drafted rookies, it may help them get on an more level playing field and increase their chances to make a roster.

  5. 2011to2020lions says: Jul 7, 2011 1:35 PM

    I have an idea. Lets get a frickin deal done, then see how it plays out and see what the teams will do, I am sick of this guessing game. JUST GET A DEAL DONE PLEEEEEEAAAAAAASSSE!!!!!!!

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