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Rams, Broncos have yet to sign any draft picks

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With nearly 75 percent of all draft picks under contract less than three weeks after the draft ended, two teams have done nothing to increase that percentage.

Neither the Broncos nor the Rams have signed a single pick.

Last year, the Broncos waited until June.  This week, it’s expected that all of the picks will be signed in the next week or two.

For Denver, there’s no specific reason for it; that’s simply the way the tasks are scheduled.  In St. Louis, there’s a reason.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, coach Jeff Fisher once again intends to delay the process in order to ensure that the players are prepared to handle the infusion of cash that they’ll be realizing.

The goal remains providing the draft picks with multiple financial lessons before giving them their signing bonuses.  The Rams want the players to understand more about what it means to have significant money before giving it to them.

In the past, the lesson has included an armored vehicle showing up with $1 million in cash, and Fisher then showing the players how much goes to taxes and how much goes to the agent before the player starts getting paid in 17 installments that ultimately need to last for 52 weeks.  Regardless of whether Fisher literally backs up the Brinks truck in 2014, the Rams won’t sign their rookies until the Rams think they are ready.

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  1. hansenbrothers says: May 30, 2014 4:29 PM

    That’s pretty awesome. More nfl teams should do that.

  2. donnymacjack says: May 30, 2014 4:29 PM

    Good move by the Rams.

  3. bitw44 says: May 30, 2014 4:33 PM

    Jeff Fisher seems like such a blast….

  4. dchetz says: May 30, 2014 4:35 PM

    Good for the Rams…. But sad that it’s gotta be the team that needs to teach them that lesson.

  5. rpiotr01 says: May 30, 2014 4:37 PM

    That’s actually pretty smart and instructive by Fisher. That should be part of rookie orientation.

  6. staffordsyear says: May 30, 2014 4:40 PM

    Good for the Rams..i like that idea.

  7. vaughnjoe says: May 30, 2014 4:42 PM

    Seems like a good effort to keep the rookies grounded. But at the same time if you have a problem player, waiting a few weeks later to give up the money wont stop them from buying their friends Cadillac trucks or that Purple drank.

  8. SeattleJones says: May 30, 2014 4:42 PM

    He’s no Pete Carrol, but that Jeff Fisher guy is a pretty smart cat.

  9. sandersmarcus10 says: May 30, 2014 4:45 PM

    Very good lesson, especially with all those greedy folks waiting to get there hands on it as well.

  10. zipnyc says: May 30, 2014 4:45 PM

    I think every team should do that.

  11. Goodell's Green Glasses says: May 30, 2014 4:46 PM

    They’re scared.

  12. weepingjebus says: May 30, 2014 4:47 PM

    The Ravens do something similar, only all the players have to line up and put their money in a Brinks truck driven by Joe Flacco.

  13. pigskinjunkie66 says: May 30, 2014 4:49 PM

    Good move by the Rams. Shows that they care about their rookies. I honestly think Agents should handle this for their young clients.

  14. drdrewstain says: May 30, 2014 4:49 PM

    Yea seems like a good idea. Worked out well for Adam ‘Pac Man’ Jones so far.
    I wonder if Fish shows em how to drop dollas and make it rain..

  15. postaldude2012 says: May 30, 2014 5:00 PM

    And how to lay down in all that cash and do a Angel in the Cash would feel so nice!

  16. schmitty2 says: May 30, 2014 5:11 PM

    Fisher refers to it as the Vince Young process.

  17. i thumbs down your comment says: May 30, 2014 5:13 PM

    Pete Carroll should not be used in the same sentence as class. He’s a Cheat all the way and wouldn’t give two craps about what a player does with his money.

  18. tae323 says: May 30, 2014 5:18 PM

    drdrewstain says:
    May 30, 2014 4:49 PM

    Yea seems like a good idea. Worked out well for Adam ‘Pac Man’ Jones so far.
    I wonder if Fish shows em how to drop dollas and make it rain..

    Yea really but since Fisher only been doing this joining the Rams makes your post inrelevent

  19. pftcensor1 says: May 30, 2014 5:23 PM

    They are assuming all draft picks are uninformed and undisciplined this is called prejudging — i.e. prejudice.

    This behavior reinforces stereotypes and plays to the worst kind of discrimination.

  20. chawkup says: May 30, 2014 5:25 PM

    tae323 says:
    May 30, 2014 5:18 PM
    drdrewstain says:
    May 30, 2014 4:49 PM

    Yea seems like a good idea. Worked out well for Adam ‘Pac Man’ Jones so far.
    I wonder if Fish shows em how to drop dollas and make it rain..

    Yea really but since Fisher only been doing this joining the Rams makes your post inrelevent
    ——————————-
    Inrelevent or not, it was still damn funny!

  21. thevza says: May 30, 2014 5:26 PM

    Obviously a classy and compassionate move by Rams leadership. But at the same time, they could have had those rookies out there on the practice field by now…

  22. mataug says: May 30, 2014 5:26 PM

    so that’s the reason, thought the Broncos were over the cap or something (showed +1.4mil over the cap on spotrac 2-3 weeks back)

  23. purpleguy says: May 30, 2014 5:28 PM

    Will they be more prepared to handle wealth or will they have built up more debt and have an insatiable appetite to spend because they’ve been denied the dough for an extra 60 days? Seriously, is 60 additional days really going to prepare the supposedly college-educated players any more? Is he tucking these players in at night too? Have I asked enough questions?

  24. 700levelvet says: May 30, 2014 5:33 PM

    Hey fellas I have lost like 130 games in this league… Suit up

  25. SeattleJones says: May 30, 2014 5:35 PM

    But Pete is a champion. Jeff Fisher is not, albeit he’s a nice guy. The Titans won nada. The Rams won one superbowl over a decade ago. Nothing since. No dynasty.

    Seattle, its fans, coaches, and front office are simply superior in every way. #HawkEnvy #Dynasty

  26. Go-Hawks! says: May 30, 2014 5:37 PM

    Why should a coach “give two craps” about how a player spends their money??

    A player doesn’t need money to be a locker room cancer. A player doesn’t need money to knock around his old lady. A player doesn’t need money to be a dick.

    It is up to the individual what he or she wants to do with their money. We all hope they don’t throw themselves a $300,000 birthday party but sometimes that’s just what a playa wants to do. It’s not smart, but then again it’s not my money so my opinion doesn’t matter.

    Also, Pete Carroll is not a cheater. You can prove he’s cheated. And most people are in favor of college kids getting paid for athletics, so…

  27. pftcensor1 says: May 30, 2014 5:37 PM

    @thevza
    Since when is prejudiced behavior ever considered classy and compassionate?

    Please explain how the Rams -reinforcing stereotypes -is anything less than despicable?

  28. gainofivefirstdown says: May 30, 2014 5:50 PM

    Johnny Football ought to spend $ome of his off-time in St. Louis this June.

  29. National Fanatic says: May 30, 2014 5:50 PM

    Fisher is not their father, nor is he their friend or chosen mentor. He’s their football coach…
    Football coaches and money managers are completely different.
    This is business, not personal.

  30. rycoem says: May 30, 2014 6:13 PM

    Between their “college education” and their agent, shouldn’t this already be covered? Yeah, I guess that is a pretty naive thought. Does he cover how best to tip the girls at the clubs also?

  31. nouhoh64 says: May 30, 2014 6:17 PM

    Wheee!!!- Michael Sam

  32. Ram says: May 30, 2014 6:28 PM

    pftcensor1 says:

    They are assuming all draft picks are uninformed and undisciplined this is called prejudging — i.e. prejudice.

    This behavior reinforces stereotypes and plays to the worst kind of discrimination.

    You sir are assuming a great deal by even making these statements.

    These players are about to get a JOB and their EMPLOYER, the Rams, are doing their due diligence in making sure they are hiring the best candidates. So, if YOU can’t see the benefit in this, then you really are missing the big picture.

  33. titansbro says: May 30, 2014 6:35 PM

    I love that Fisher does that. A cold dose of reality before they get their money will certainly go further than a cold dose of reality after they get their money.

  34. sportzpig says: May 30, 2014 6:42 PM

    Jerk move by Fisher and the Rams. Many of these dudes have families to support and instead of getting their cash they are probably taking out high interest loans set up by dirty agent.

    Nothing like a know-it-all “get off my lawn”coach with millions in the bank to deny young men their payday. I hope they all leave and go ball for other teams the second they are free agents.

  35. tae323 says: May 30, 2014 6:44 PM

    SeattleJones says:
    May 30, 2014 5:35 PM
    But Pete is a champion. Jeff Fisher is not, albeit he’s a nice guy. The Titans won nada. The Rams won one superbowl over a decade ago. Nothing since. No dynasty.

    Seattle, its fans, coaches, and front office are simply superior in every way. #HawkEnvy #Dynasty

    __________________________________________

    One superbowl in franchise history don’t make a dynasty. While Fisher is teaching his rookies how to manage their money, Carroll is busy teaching his team a 101 on “How To Take PEDs.”

  36. kingpel says: May 30, 2014 7:00 PM

    Good job by the Rams. I know when I was 21 yo old I’d be spending that money like a fool. Way to drop a little wisdom on the kids.

  37. djshnooks says: May 30, 2014 7:06 PM

    If they aren’t ready, they shouldn’t be drafted…as it means they are irresponsible.

    But, I do think it might be a good idea.

  38. lanman11 says: May 30, 2014 7:41 PM

    Where is the love for Denver? This is the time of year that the Denver front office traditionally backs up a Brinks truck, all the rookies get inside, and then Matt Russell and Tom Heckert take them on a thrill ride across Colorado, highlighting the finer points of DUI and playing bumper cars with the police. It’s quite a road trip. No sense putting all that cash in the rookies hands before they know how to use it, the Bronco Way.

  39. garyhd01 says: May 30, 2014 8:14 PM

    the vast majority of these kids never have had money, god knows they didn’t get any while in college the most important thing is alot of these kids wont make another contract and if they have an ENTOURAGE in a year they will be broke and out of work if they are not careful. fisher loves happy players and the ones that manage to hold on to more money are more likely to be the happier players!!

  40. jimthebuilder27 says: May 30, 2014 8:18 PM

    Wow, the Broncos, with their unlimited salary cap, haven’t signed any players yet?

    Color me shocked!

  41. savior72 says: May 30, 2014 9:06 PM

    If I had someone do this for me I probably wouldn’t have accumulated to much debt at a young age( it’s all relative to how much income you have). Kudos to The Fish.

  42. granadafan says: May 30, 2014 9:21 PM

    Waving cold hard cash in front of them and then showing how much gets taken away is a brilliant move. You can lecture all you want but visual demonstrations are more effective.

    Also the first second and third financial lessons should be Learning how to say No to family, posses, and entourages

  43. slick50ks says: May 30, 2014 9:38 PM

    The donkeys are still working on their illegal cap numbers. Cheating ain’t easy!

  44. nyhawkfreak says: May 30, 2014 10:12 PM

    I think it’s a smart well-intentioned idea that should be put into practice league-wide.

    Otherwise, like any other good idea that forestalls a man’s pay day – the sincere, worthwhile message underlying the motive for holding it back will be lost.
    You’re going to end up having kids in Ram’s camp sitting through this process, unable to hit Twitter with their “announcement”, while 31 other rookie classes are getting inked. Good possibility Jeff Fisher goes from the guy with the nice idea to the paternalistic pain-in-the-a$$ that won’t get me signed already.

    Not so if all teams implement this plan.

  45. bornahawker says: May 30, 2014 11:26 PM

    Fisher knows how dumb these guys really are and he is tired of loaning these idiots money to pay the rent

  46. pftcensor1 says: May 31, 2014 12:46 AM

    hey ram, what about this group of men leads the rams to believe they are not or may not be good candidates for a job? It would seem to 99.99 percent of us that the due diligence you speak of should have been done prior to using a draft pick.

  47. scw1993 says: May 31, 2014 1:53 AM

    Thought the Broncos were already to their cap. I guess it doesn’t matter to them….they know what to do….wink wink

  48. rmfp1978 says: May 31, 2014 8:43 AM

    Let’s see how well the players perform if they’re broke It effects you when all you worry about how are you going to keep up with the lavish lifestyle great idea fish. In the end though it depends on the individual. All I know is it worked well for janoris jenkins

  49. officialgame says: May 31, 2014 9:48 AM

    Who is Jeff Fisher and what exactly has he done???

  50. sb8ramsfan says: Jun 2, 2014 2:57 AM

    Way to go, Coach!

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