Saints finally sign Stanley Arnoux

As it turns out, 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree wasn’t the only unsigned member of the 2009 draft class.

Also without a contract, as of yesterday, was linebacker Stanley Arnoux.

The fourth-round pick suffered a ruptured Achilles’ tendon during offseason workouts in May.  The team has announced that he has now signed a contract, and that he has been placed on injured reserve.

Arnoux played at Wake Forest with Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry, the fourth overall pick in the draft.  In February, Curry told us that Arnoux was the best player on the 2008 Demon Deacons.

Meanwhile, we continue to be troubled by the fact that unsigned rookies who suffer serious injuries during voluntary practices have to wait so long to get their deals.  Regardless of how fair the deal ultimately is, guys like Arnoux and Pats third-round linebacker Tyrone McKenzie (torn ACL) shouldn’t be among the last players signed.  At some point, these unsigned rookies need to refuse to practice without signed contracts — unless and until the letters of protection that the players currently sign provide better protection from the standpoint of when the players will be paid.

5 responses to “Saints finally sign Stanley Arnoux

  1. Florio
    Apparently you didn’t know that it does not matter when an injured player gets signed as long as it is before week 1… you see, during training camp, all players get paid only an allotment of X dollars per week. They don’t start receiving their salary until week 1 or 2 whenever it is the NFL pays the employees.
    Basically, Peyton Manning makes the exact same amount of money during training camp as Jim Sorgi, it isn’t until the regular season begins that players actually draw their salaries.
    Your argument for NFL guaranteed blah blah blah is unfounded and without merit.

  2. If my memory serves me right, I think Shawne Merriman, as a rookie in 2005, held out of OTA’s or mini-camps under the reasoning of avoiding possible injury without a contract.

  3. brasho:
    You are correct about the regular season pay, but what about a signing bonus? The team and/or player (I assume the Saints were the ones dragging their feet.) waited to sign until the week before the season starts. If he had signed two months ago he would have had his signing bonus two months ago. I don’t know how much of a signing bonus a fourth rounder receives, but I hope he got a comparable signing bonus in relation to the players drafted around him. His contract is probably for minimum salaries for 3 years as most contracts from round 4 on are.

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