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Report: Progress made on rookie pay scale


We’ve all reached the point in the NFL lockout where we’re kind of sick of reports about progress being made and we just want to see a done deal. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to ignore the reports of progress.

So we’ll pass along what appears to be good news from Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated, who tweets that there’s been positive movement on both sides today regarding the rookie pay issue.

Frankly, even a small amount of positive movement today should have resulted in a meeting somewhere in the middle. As we reported on Monday, the two sides really weren’t that far apart in the first place. The differences between the owners and the players on rookie pay were about a relatively small amount of money and would affect a relatively small number of players.

So with one week to go before the July 21 meeting at which the owners are hoping they can vote to approve a new deal, let’s hope they can wrap up the rookie pay scale today.

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33 Responses to “Report: Progress made on rookie pay scale”
  1. jm11890 says: Jul 14, 2011 3:05 PM

    this is the game we play. we get our daytime tease, by night we get the cold glass of water.

  2. acerockefellar says: Jul 14, 2011 3:06 PM

    In a few hours we will see “Talks break down, Source says “we arent close” and “a lot of hard work remains”

  3. trbowman says: Jul 14, 2011 3:06 PM

    Tonights headline – “NFLPA denies progress being made on rookie pay scale.”

  4. chazk100 says: Jul 14, 2011 3:10 PM

    Here’s hoping everyone has a “positive movement”. No fun being bound up…

  5. hobartbaker says: Jul 14, 2011 3:17 PM

    Talk of “scales” brings us to that strange reptilian creature in the accompanying photograph.

  6. illyistic1 says: Jul 14, 2011 3:17 PM

    Yeah it seems like i have seen this movie before and i already know the ending!

  7. ididntsaythat says: Jul 14, 2011 3:24 PM

    Just how hard is this?

  8. annnann says: Jul 14, 2011 3:32 PM

    De Smith already has his phone ready to call players that this progress is not true. I swear, when the deal is actually done, the NFLPA* will still deny progress.

  9. We'reFineThere says: Jul 14, 2011 3:33 PM

    It’s not hard because of the rookies, it’s hard because the veterans won’t be able to use the overpaid rookies as a baseline anymore.

  10. rcali says: Jul 14, 2011 3:40 PM

    From what we know has been proposed, this is no where close to what we all expect when it comes to the rookie scale. Still going to be overpaying for college stars, not NFL stars.

  11. acieu says: Jul 14, 2011 3:47 PM

    Despite the fact that we football fans may live or die on each update 85% of the rest of the US may not know a lockout is going on and if they know don’t care.

  12. BroncoNick says: Jul 14, 2011 4:05 PM

    Is it the 17th or the 21st that there is supposed to be a deal… Or is it the 15th?
    Or is it August?
    Are they really close to closing the deal? Or are there still a lot of issues to be ironed out?

    I feel like every day there is a new article out about when it’s supposed to be done, as if these reporters are throwing out guesses like Mega Millions lottery ticket numbers…

    I think this issue has been exhausted as far as media goes. And it’s becoming exhausting as a fan. Giving them attention is the exact opposite of what we should be doing. There should be no articles about it until there is a deal done!

  13. Kaz says: Jul 14, 2011 4:08 PM

    Lol, looks like no one is falling for these positive leaks anymore.

  14. goawayeverybody says: Jul 14, 2011 4:17 PM

    HA-llelujah! HA-llelujah!

    HalleLUjah, HalleLUjah, Hal-le-e-lujah!

  15. raidermick says: Jul 14, 2011 4:17 PM

    Okay, Okay, enough is freakin enough!

    I dont care abou t freakin progress!!

    It is going to take someone here that frequents this forum to execute the following. (I personnaly will abide, however, I don’t have the time to organize…)

    What I am trying to say is this:

    We are the ones footing the bill. With out us, the FANS, there is no NFL – I know you guys already know this and I am not being condesending, so hear me out.

    Here’s the plan, “FANS HAVE THERE OWN DEALINE.”

    If these clowns come out of the July 21st meeting with no apparent agreement, then that should be the fans drop dead date for this freakin league. If no deal is done by July 21st, then we, THE FANS , all walk away. I mean we ALL walk away.

    Just think about it. If we could refrain from attending or watching any games that may be salvaged this season (even if they agree on a deal that would save the entire season) if that deal is not at least agreed upon by the July 21st (NOT JULY 22ND, – NOT “wait we are close” BS – JULY 21ST! FIRM – No freakin exceptions!!

    We pay the freakin bill and we need to be heard. But like I said, we ALL must walk not just a few.

    Now I would be the first to say it would be difficult for me to do. I love the NFL.

    However, the thoughts of these clowns toying with our emotions and the passion we have for this league, would make it easier to cope with.

    It’s pretty simple in theory, because if we don’t go or watch on TV- They wont have our billions to to fight about in their sand box.

    In short – No FANS – NO freakin money!!

    I say someone here should take this and run with it – I just dont have the time to organize such a feat…

    Again, we ALL have to walk to make them realize who the real freakin bosses are…

    It would work if we ALL got together on the same page. It really would…

    Enough is freakin Enough !- Let the REAL Bosses be heard!!!

    Your thoughts are encouraged….


  16. bingocostello says: Jul 14, 2011 4:19 PM

    are you sure this money would be enough to prevent them from committing felonies?

  17. rayvens says: Jul 14, 2011 4:19 PM

    Let me see if i get this….They are working new CBA to satisfy everyone (Player and Owners) and Chris Johns is already holding out!?

  18. pastorinisflak says: Jul 14, 2011 4:21 PM

    It’s a false positive…Trotter peed on the stick wrong.

  19. anonimocontraditorio says: Jul 14, 2011 4:22 PM

    “We’ve all reached the point in the NFL lockout where we’re kind of sick of reports about progress being made and we just want to see a done deal”

    I’d stop the report here…

  20. laeaglefan says: Jul 14, 2011 4:23 PM

    This whole negotiation is starting to feel like one very long bout of constipation.

  21. 2011to2020lions says: Jul 14, 2011 4:23 PM

    There should be movement from both sides if they want to get a deal done for real!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. austinbrownsfan says: Jul 14, 2011 4:24 PM

    (cue Handel’s Hallelujah chorus)

  23. buffedwhiteman says: Jul 14, 2011 4:25 PM

    New CBA deal signed seal delivered tomorrow.Too many Debbie-downers………. be positive get a life.

  24. gregski79 says: Jul 14, 2011 4:25 PM

    T – 6 hours till we get some bad news

  25. radrhatr says: Jul 14, 2011 4:30 PM

    The pay scale isn’t the problem. It’s the number of years they sign for. The league wants 5 or 6 and the players want 4.

  26. tinopuno says: Jul 14, 2011 4:30 PM

    REPORT: Progress being made on making silk purses from sow’s ears!

  27. goldeelox says: Jul 14, 2011 4:30 PM

    Report: We got ya’ again.

    Stay tuned for more gettin’ ya.

  28. ampats says: Jul 14, 2011 4:33 PM

    And Harold Camping says the world will end on 10/17/11 and Rex Ryan predicts the Jets will win the Super Bowl (again)

  29. powderedme says: Jul 14, 2011 4:34 PM


  30. spooner97 says: Jul 14, 2011 4:39 PM

    You can’t fool me NFL. I know Al Davis is a Zombie.

  31. southcakpanther says: Jul 14, 2011 4:42 PM

    On a side note, great choice of picture to accompany this latest tease. Cam Newton sure does look good in that Panther blue. I can’t wait to see him develop. Go Panthers!

  32. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Jul 14, 2011 4:46 PM

    why does that pic of Cam Newton look like it’s from the 80’s. Time for new uni’s Panthers.

  33. thefiesty1 says: Jul 14, 2011 6:19 PM

    Just wait. DeMo will make an announcement that “we’re NOT that close”. It’s not a done deal yet. He will screw it up before the owners meet on the 21st.

    No more tease please! Just report when (and if) the deal is done.

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