Another bad break for undrafted players


It’s going to be tougher for this year’s crop of undrafted players to make NFL rosters this offseason without the benefit of OTAs to get ready for training camp.  (The same could be said for late round picks.)

The undrafted players could also take a hit financially, like their rookie classmates at the very top of the draft.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that the CBA will limit teams to a $75,000 signing bonus limit for their entire undrafted class.

“Probably won’t see $20,000 signing bonuses for rook free agents anymore,” McGinn opines.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer wrote earlier this offseason that $3,000 was the average signing bonus for players, so it will only hurt the very top end undrafted options.

It remains unclear when undrafted players would be allowed to sign.  Wednesday is the best guess when they could start to negotiate, with the deals official 24 hours later.

7 responses to “Another bad break for undrafted players

  1. Only the ones that don’t make teams lose out. The $50k addition to the minimum salary is a huge increase for these players who do well enough to make rosters. $375k >> ($325k + 20k signing bonus)

  2. UDFAs are the new “walk ons”. Since that will be the only option for most of them to get from their home to the camp.

  3. You would think practice squads would be expanded slightly – at least for this season – to accommodate for the uncertainty. What do they make … $90k per year max?

  4. If the coup de grace for the owners is judicial oversight, for the players, it has to be neutering the rookies and ufa’s

  5. kylecleric says:
    Jul 24, 2011 5:19 PM
    ajtexans, players on the practice can make up to the min, $375k.
    true, technically, but in reality very few make this much. only when a team knows it has a future star, but is currently overstocked at the position and wants to protect them from being sniped by another team.

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