Rookie Wage Scale To Be Discussed at NFL Meetings

When NFL owners assemble in Fort Lauderdale this week for an annual May meeting, discussion of a potential rookie wage scale is expected to be one of the priority items on their agenda, according to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.
As the league contemplates how to structure a new collective bargaining agreement after opting out of the current deal with the players’ union, the current practice of paying highly-drafted rookies, in many cases, more than proven veterans continues to fly in the face of logic.
Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Donald Brown, a first-round draft pick from the University of Connecticut, agrees that the system isn’t fair to the older players.
“If you look at it, it’s kind of a shame for the guys who have been in the league for eight, nine years and have really established themselves,” Brown told the Times.  “The rookies come in and they haven’t done anything. . . .  But it’s part of the game.”
Meanwhile, the owners are also expected to discuss expanding the regular season and reducing the preseason length while also deciding whether to award Super Bowl XLVII to Arizona, Miami, or New Orleans.
The meetings begin Tuesday.

5 responses to “Rookie Wage Scale To Be Discussed at NFL Meetings

  1. Do a salary scale like the NBA does. Also figure how much the pool is this year and then scale it completely across the draft next year so guys in the lower rounds aren’t immediately outperforming their contract if they become starters or contributors because I don’t think the amount of money total given to the rookies across the board is outrageous, just those in the first round. Add a percentage bump to the pool tied to the salary cap every year and it would be fair to future generations. There would be no more holdouts by rookies and no guess work for cap people making it easier to plan for and sign free agents to fair contarcts before the draft. Also the teams picking in the top 10 wouldn’t be burdened by mill stone contracts.

  2. No one has ever explained why its not fair that rookies can sign huge contracts. When did it become vogue NOT to capitalize on your success? Every single year, at least one team trades up into the top 10. in 09, NYJ moved into the top 5, in 08 Jax went up #8 to snag a DE. On top of that, every single year FA vets sign enormous contracts, why is that considered fair? Lots of times the FA aren’t great, yet sign mega deals (J. Jones in Seattle last year and Orlovsky come to mind this year).

  3. Hey Florio, this would make a great topic for one of your PFTV segments.. Give us a realistic scenario of what the structure of the rookie pay scale would be. Are we talking just money, or would they change the length of deals too? (to a 2 year rookie contract for example)
    and if anyone else cares to offer some detailed scenarios, please feel free..

  4. rookies should come in with a three year maximum deal, if they can’t fill out their potntial by then than they should get paid what they are worth. right now by the time running backs rookie contracts are ending they are damn near done and have already reached their ceiling

  5. as the system exists right now,i feel it’s unfair to the rank and file players who work special teams and other tasks.
    but,i honestly think nothing is going to happen,due to the enormous influence exerted by the agents.if the pay cap is put into place,the agents can not play fast and loose with the contracts,therefor less money for the agent.
    agents won’t be able to brag about the great deals they got their clients,therefor one agent is as good as the next.
    on the other hand,the tentacles of the agents reach into the union board room,they exert a lot of power on the union board.

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