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We have an agreement on the rookie wage scale

DeMaurice Smith, NFL Players Association Executive Director arrives for labor negotiation meetings in New York AP

More than four months after the first report came out that an agreement was reached on a rookie wage scale, an agreement was reached on the rookie wage scale.

Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first one to get the news out, and multiple reporters followed shortly thereafter.  Schefter said that some “t’s” had to be crossed and some “i’s” dotted, but the issue is no longer in the way of an agreement in principle between the owners.

NFL owners reportedly compromised on year five money for rookies.  The players gave a little on some renegotiation rules, according to Albert Breer.  This is easily the biggest breakthrough in talks in weeks.

There are still issues to work out before an agreement in principle on the CBA can be worked out,  but the rookie wage scale was seen as the biggest obstacle remaining.  Mark Maske of the Washington Post calls the deal “within reach” Friday, but believes a few more days is likely.

We’ve had our hopes raised too many times to get too carried away just yet, but it looks like we won’t be getting any cold water thrown on us tonight.

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75 Responses to “We have an agreement on the rookie wage scale”
  1. tbbucs09 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:39 PM

    JIZZZZZZZZ

  2. footballfanatic3431 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:41 PM

    Adam Schefter, Mort Report, Albert Breer, Mark Maske, and Mike Silver all reported that the rookie wage scale is pretty much done.

    Please Please Please don’t be fooling with my emotions. I can’t take anymore letdowns.

  3. flacoman72 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:41 PM

    By the way i will kill the next person who says i’s to dot and t’s to cross

  4. tbbucs09 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:41 PM

    “We have an agreement…”

    That’s cold.

  5. hedden93 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:42 PM

    Handshake deal done tomorrow. Finalized deal done early next week.

  6. jm11890 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:43 PM

    “but it looks like we won’t be getting any cold water thrown on us tonight.”
    ————————————————–
    as long as demoron is still around the cold water is within hailing distance of all of us.

  7. cincinnasti says: Jul 14, 2011 7:43 PM

    WoooHooo!

  8. stevo8drum says: Jul 14, 2011 7:44 PM

    Now all we need is love!! Bump bump bump bump bum….

  9. apdaddy77 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:44 PM

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. jakek2 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:45 PM

    prepare for 40 comments of “my nipples just got hard” and “I’ll believe it when its final”

  11. MisterDeol says: Jul 14, 2011 7:45 PM

    I’ll be pretty pissed if they take this weekend off.. But not surprised.

  12. jetsetfred says: Jul 14, 2011 7:46 PM

    Hooray for Beer!!

  13. evpimp says: Jul 14, 2011 7:46 PM

    An agreement?

    what is this?

  14. welzy says: Jul 14, 2011 7:47 PM

    Tonight’s not over yet…

  15. conseannery says: Jul 14, 2011 7:47 PM

    Next headline: “Unidentified NFLPA* Rep Says Not Even Close on Rookie Wage Scale Agreement”

  16. nflconspiracytheoristdeluxe says: Jul 14, 2011 7:48 PM

    Favre’s lurkin’ in the background, “Hey guys, I’m having my presser on Monday to announce my 43rd comeback. Get it done by Sunday. I have plans next week to mow and can’t move the announcement.”

  17. 0mattfrye0 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:49 PM

    Warm water finally! Come on in… the waters warm

  18. hydenja says: Jul 14, 2011 7:51 PM

    About time.

  19. egls7 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:51 PM

    Great. Now get the whole thing done

  20. tmac48 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:52 PM

    The night is young…

  21. gdixon3421 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:52 PM

    Maybe just maybe we are on the two yard line?

  22. kevo126 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:52 PM

    i think you meant to say “dot the lower case j’s”

  23. upperdecker19 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:52 PM

    Nice pic….looks like De is “digging” today’s developments.

  24. thetwilightsown says: Jul 14, 2011 7:53 PM

    Big whoop. What concessions were made for the fans who paid an INCREASE in tickets and Sunday Ticket last year? And the veterans who we grew up with, that we fell in love with the game because of? Fans first NOW!

  25. jny221 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:53 PM

    “…but it looks like we won’t be getting any cold water thrown on us tonight”

    COME UP WITH A NEW EXPRESSION!

  26. keeponhating says: Jul 14, 2011 7:55 PM

    footballfanatic3431 says:Jul 14, 2011 7:41 PM

    Adam Schefter, Mort Report, Albert Breer, Mark Maske, and Mike Silver all reported that the rookie wage scale is pretty much done.

    Please Please Please don’t be fooling with my emotions. I can’t take anymore letdowns.

    while i totally agree with you about the letdowns i wouldnt trust one of these people as far as i could throw them

  27. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Jul 14, 2011 7:58 PM

    And yet another tea leaf prediction. I say tea leaf because it has no hard or soft facts around it, but pure speculation. Oh for the days when sportswriters wrote their fiction in purple prose, then it was at least good for sigh.

    Wake me after the first of the year when there is actually a deal.

  28. skoobyfl says: Jul 14, 2011 7:58 PM

    Good, now bring on the dancing girls.

  29. ryanmallettsbluntwrap says: Jul 14, 2011 7:59 PM

    Football is fun , thanks.

  30. goawayeverybody says: Jul 14, 2011 8:00 PM

    I watch NFL football, therefore I am.

  31. valman61 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:02 PM

    Am I the only one who recognizes that the first few days the lawyers meet and we here about injunctions and not being close. Than the mains get in the room and we hear about progress and agreements? I don’t think that’s coincidence.

  32. cincinnasti says: Jul 14, 2011 8:03 PM

    No more holdouts!

  33. tommyf15 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:04 PM

    thetwilightsown says:
    Big whoop. What concessions were made for the fans who paid an INCREASE in tickets and Sunday Ticket last year?

    You’re getting Sunday Ticket for free this year as part of the basic Direct TV package.

    There.

  34. acerockefellar says: Jul 14, 2011 8:04 PM

    my nipples just got hard but I’ll believe it when its final

  35. coleman121280 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:07 PM

    Chrisitan Ponder….ROTY Foo’s!!!!!!

  36. elleclouds says: Jul 14, 2011 8:07 PM

    some “t’s” had to be crossed and some “i’s” dotted will turn into another week setback

  37. firethorn1001 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:07 PM

    ‘By the way i will kill the next person who says i’s to dot and t’s to cross’

    If you are going to kill someone and don’t want to go to jail you need a plan so before executing that plan, make sure you dot your i’s and cross your t’s.

  38. icewalker946 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:08 PM

    Just get the whole thing figured out before August 1st, jackwagons, so we can see a good season with enough prep time. Otherwise some teams will just use this year as a ‘setup’ for next season.

  39. bleedgreen4life says: Jul 14, 2011 8:14 PM

    time to set up my fantasy football league!!

  40. scott8nj says: Jul 14, 2011 8:15 PM

    OK – Fantasy football auction draft is ON!-On the block – Arian Foster

  41. thefiesty1 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:16 PM

    Not until DeMo crosses the T’s and dots the I’s. That could still be a problem since he can’t read or write.

  42. packattack1967 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:16 PM

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBAAAAALLLLL???

  43. red2redman says: Jul 14, 2011 8:18 PM

    Just get it done already!!!

  44. mrjackson206 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:19 PM

    It’s about freaking time!!

  45. annnann says: Jul 14, 2011 8:21 PM

    I have a question as to why an issue that was considered so minor and basically solved four months ago became the biggest obstacle in recent talks.

    But, good news for today. Let’s hope they take advantage of this momentum instead of breaking for another five days. No more time to do that guys.

  46. coin4me says: Jul 14, 2011 8:23 PM

    Titties!

  47. redskinsrt says: Jul 14, 2011 8:27 PM

    @kevo126 — nice wayne’s world reference, I thought the same thing

  48. shian11 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:27 PM

    Over/under 10 pm on the cold water story?

  49. shian11 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:31 PM

    Wow, breaking news!!!! Agreement reached on how to deal with players who are not in NFL. Maybe they can work on agreement with the 1800 players who are actually part of the *n*f*l*p*a*!!!!

  50. rpiotr01 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:32 PM

    Cue DeMaurice Smith – aka Baghdad Bob: “There is no deal on the rookie salary cap! We are as far apart as cats and dogs! Matter of fact, there have been no negotiations at all!”

  51. bhester1906 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:35 PM

    Schefty is the only reporter I truly believe. The deal should def be done if he says is is I

  52. rambo08 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:35 PM

    I just went from six to midnight.

  53. garkeith says: Jul 14, 2011 8:40 PM

    Ocho just told me we do not have a deal.

    Harrison called and said that the ground will open up and goodells minions will take us all to the dark side by the end of the week.

  54. moneymike23 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:40 PM

    Thank You Jesus!

  55. thebraso says: Jul 14, 2011 8:41 PM

    I work as an agent in the entertainment business and have noticed a flurry of castings for nfl commercials and commercials for their sponsors over the past 2 days. A deal is close enough for them to start spending on the season.

  56. mihede123 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:47 PM

    “We’ve had our hopes raised too many times to get too carried away just yet.”

    Sums up being a Browns fan (which I am)….of course we get a legit looking front office and this goes down….always something….can we PLEASE move on with this…..I’d much rather get my hopes up about actual football, ya know that game that takes place between the hash marks on the field. Just a friendly reminder in case some of us forgot….

  57. capslockkey says: Jul 14, 2011 8:47 PM

    Yay?

  58. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 14, 2011 8:51 PM

    Ray Lewis just tweeted that the crime rate has began to drop at a rapid rate.

  59. illwillthemick says: Jul 14, 2011 8:54 PM

    this means they will prolly take more days off lol.. i can see that coming next smh… “They decided to take the weekend off”

  60. trollaikman8 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:55 PM

    Can we get a quote from James Harrison on this?

  61. ar1888 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:55 PM

    I only want to read the pghrase “we have a deal” When the whole cba is completed. Im so sick of reading this same old news everyday.

  62. Tarkus says: Jul 14, 2011 8:55 PM

    Looks like it’s down to i’s to cross and t’s to dot.

    Or something like that.

  63. Kave Krew says: Jul 14, 2011 8:55 PM

    Jizz??…….did the first post just say Jizz????

    In a word, the emotion of millions was captured in just one word!!

  64. golonger says: Jul 14, 2011 9:00 PM

    sorry………next friday at the earliest…so say my sources!

  65. gorillaghost says: Jul 14, 2011 9:03 PM

    TOUCHDOWN!! All we need now is a 2 point conversion!

  66. olduke says: Jul 14, 2011 9:09 PM

    all thats left is to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.

    There!

  67. gpete1962 says: Jul 14, 2011 9:30 PM

    thetwilightsown says: Jul 14, 2011 7:53 PM

    Big whoop. What concessions were made for the fans who paid an INCREASE in tickets and Sunday Ticket last year? And the veterans who we grew up with, that we fell in love with the game because of? Fans first NOW!
    ======================================

    I totally AGREE !!!

    Screw them all The greedy Ba$tard$ !!!

  68. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 14, 2011 9:34 PM

    This is shocking.

    Who would have imagined this collection of greedy pricks would find a way to get their shyte together just before the money is about to start rolling in?

  69. hobartbaker says: Jul 14, 2011 9:42 PM

    “Yeah, it’s my warm and sunny day suit. All white. Dig it? Hahaha…”.

  70. whatswiththehate says: Jul 14, 2011 9:48 PM

    “There are still issues to work out before an agreement in principle on the CBA can be worked out, but the rookie wage scale was seen as the biggest obstacle remaining.”
    ————————–
    REALLY? I thought the biggest obstacle remaining was how to split the 9 billion. Who would have ever thought that a bunch of greedy men would have had problems taking money away from the newcomers.

  71. hansenbrothers says: Jul 14, 2011 9:55 PM

    Get a grip fellas, this whole right of first refusal thing and the judicial oversight are going to hold this back for awhile…won’t be done until August.

  72. chizzle20 says: Jul 14, 2011 9:55 PM

    Now THAT’S what the *#$% I’m talking about!

  73. cappa662 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:02 PM

    I’m not sure what the owners have given up… seems like the players are giving up way too much.

  74. ch8878 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:29 PM

    Hopefully the CBA will end tommarrow and free agentcy monday !

    Coming soon http://Dollarsurveys.org

  75. lostsok says: Jul 14, 2011 10:51 PM

    “jm11890 says:

    as long as demoron is still around the cold water is within hailing distance of all of us.”

    I’ll bet Smith has at least twice the education as you do, makes three times the money and, based on your 5th grade level of banter, is AT LEAST five times smarter than you are…and you call HIM “demoron.”

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL

    Funny how people on the internet insult others but make themselves look so much worse. Hilarious in fact.

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