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Report: NFL, union agree to rookie salary pool

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When players are drafted tonight, they won’t have to wait that long to start negotiating contracts with their new teams.

Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that the NFL and the NFLPA have come to a basic agreement on the terms of the rookie salary pool for the 2012 season. With the pool in place, teams can start working out contracts that would be impossible without knowing how much was available. Breer’s report has no information on the financial parameters.

It originally looked like the rookie pool was going to drop from the 2011 season, but more recent reports indicate there will be slightly more money available this season. If that’s true, first overall pick Andrew Luck would wind up making a little bit more than the $22 million over four years that Cam Newton signed for with Carolina last season.

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6 Responses to “Report: NFL, union agree to rookie salary pool”
  1. duranteangel says: Apr 26, 2012 7:42 PM

    Awesome!

  2. southpaw77 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:44 PM

    Best thing NFL did was put a rookie wage scale in like the NBA.
    Players that proved nothing with long holdouts just hurt the team, the fans and the player themselves since they would be behind on the playbook and conditioning.

  3. daysend564 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:45 PM

    Who did they steal money from this time?

  4. nineroutsider says: Apr 26, 2012 7:49 PM

    If that’s true, first overall pick Andrew Luck would wind up making a little bit more than the $22 million over four years that Cam Newton signed for with Carolina last season.
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    By far and away the best aspect of the new CBA is the rookie wage scale. Alex Smith sucked down $24 million guaranteed in 2005, JaMinkus sucked down $32 million guaranteed in 2007. Complete joke. Glad it is going to the veterans now (somewhat at least).

    Now at least a team like Carolina that got the first pick last year isn’t being punished for it by having to sign him to a mega contract bigger than most well established QBs get. They have to earn that mega contract now.

  5. joy7283 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:36 PM

    Not bad coin for the first 4 years of your working life. Untried and unproven in the big show. I wish all the picks good luck wherever they play.
    $22 mill or more over 4 years. Mmmmm

  6. kodakinvegas says: Apr 26, 2012 10:19 PM

    I’d take that for four years. I mean, it’d be a struggle but with food stamps and public assistance I could get by at /4-25 years old. Times are tuff man.

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