As we pointed out at some point before all transactional hell broke loose, the rookie wage scale gives rookie draft picks less reason than ever to hold out. There’s little reason to hold out because there’s not much to negotiate.
That said, there’s one fairly significant factor that remains negotiable — the extent to which the rookie contract is guaranteed.
It hasn’t been a hard sell for plenty of the teams who have signed first-round picks. Several of the contracts are fully and completely guaranteed.
And that makes us wonder whether agents, once in the habit of negotiating fully guaranteed contracts, will start asking for fully guaranteed veteran contracts. The teams, once in the habit of granting fully guaranteed contracts, may start agreeing to fully guaranteed veteran contracts, in some cases.
Given Bengals owner Mike Brown’s stance on quarterback Carson Palmer, players may start clamoring for a two-way “commitment.” Now that first-round picks are getting that two-way commitment, other players may want it, too.