Rookie pool will continue for 2010

Though the NFL has yet to implement an NBA-style rookie wage scale, which leaves little room for negotiation and prevents lottery-prize contracts at the top of the draft, the league uses a broader formula for limiting the money that a team can devote to its entire class of first-year players.  It’s officially known as the “Entering Player Pool”; it’s more commonly known as the rookie pool.

There was a report during the 2009 season that the NFL has the ability to kill the rookie pool in the uncapped year.

And the report was accurate; Article XVII, Section 2 of the CBA allows the NFL to pull the plug on the rookie pool by giving notice to the NFLPA at least 60 days before the draft of an intention to do so.  NFL spokesman Greg Aiello recently told us that the league did not terminate the rookie pool, and so it will apply in 2010, even without a salary cap.

Actually, the league has had the ability to terminate the rookie pool every year under the current CBA, but the league hasn’t done it.  Even with a rookie pool, the guys taken at the top of the draft are still getting, in the opinion of the league, way too much money.  Without the limitation, the spending would have gone even more haywire.

The development is causing even more frustration among league insiders who believe that the rules of the uncapped year too heavily favor the league.  We’ll be addressing that issue in further detail later today, or maybe tomorrow.  If we remember.

2 responses to “Rookie pool will continue for 2010

  1. So why is there even any discussion? The owners pay the players. The players need to be happy with whatever they get. They get paid millions for PLAYING FOOTBALL.

  2. As far as a rookie cap. The owners say they’d rather reward the vets instead of the unproven rookies. Then why was LT released after being the face of a franchise. The owners are full of it and you need to pay the rookies. I agree it shouldn’t be the outstanding amount Jamarcus Russell got but it should be high enough to guarantee their future. A players career is short and they should get paid for putting their bodies on the line.
    Rookie contracts can be incentive based but that also can be controlled by the teams by not playing them.
    If there is a Rookie Cap then there needs to be higher amount of money assessed with being a RFA or the owners are just plain lying about wanting to reward the Vets.

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