Four of five unsigned first-round picks are represented by CAA

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Last July, five of seven unsigned players in the top 10 were represented by CAA. This year, four of five unsigned first-round picks are represented by CAA.

One reason for this? CAA typically represents a lot of first-round picks. Another reason for it? CAA drives a hard bargain for its clients, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Camps aren’t open, so the foot-dragging isn’t really costing the players anything — other than the ability to invest, spend, etc. the money they would have received by now if they’d signed sooner.

The unsigned selections are 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (No. 2; represented by CAA), Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (No. 3; represented by Nicole Lynn of Young Money APAA Sports), Bucs linebacker Devin White (No. 5; represented by CAA), Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (No. 6; represented by CAA), and Panthers linebacker Brian Burns (No. 16; represented by CAA).

The primary issues for unsigned top-10 picks typically are cash flow on the signing bonus and offset language on the fully-guaranteed deal. It’s unclear why Burns hasn’t signed. He’s in the middle of the round, well below the range for no-offset language — and well above the cutoff for a fully-guaranteed deal. His financial parameters are set, and the deal will be fully-guaranteed.

The other guarantee is that most if not all of these deals will be done before training camp opens. Last year, however, CAA took a stand with Bears linebacker Roquan Smith (the No. 8 pick) over language that would have voided his guarantees. So that’s another issue that could, in theory, be keeping the unsigned first-round picks from getting signed.

12 responses to “Four of five unsigned first-round picks are represented by CAA

  1. A team is stupid to try and squeeze a very high pick on offsets. You anger the player, they miss training time which hurts the team, and the gain is minimal, $600,000 on the 4th year if cut. If you cat a top 5 pick after 3 years the GMs job is at risk

  2. Teams use to have to give out top of the market contracts to top 10 draft picks. They won slotted capped salaries for rookies in the CBA that has literally saved them 10s of millions of dollars and yet they’re still trying to find creative ways to claw back money from players. Yet relatively few fans ever call teams out for this.

  3. I hope these teams play hardball, these guys hold out for the right to double dip and it’s a bunch of crap!

  4. Daniel Jones hasnt held out of anything. Try to keep up. When he’s a no-show for training camp then post a comment.

  5. Imagine the hatred that would be spewed at the agents if these players were represented by Klutch Sports or Roc Nation.
    Oh it’s CAA. Nothing to vent about here. keep it moving.

  6. “…other than the ability to invest, spend, etc. the money they would have received by now if they’d signed sooner.”

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    Invest? Most of these athlete entrepreneurs be makin’ it rain!

  7. 6thsense10 says:
    Teams use to have to give out top of the market contracts to top 10 draft picks. They won slotted capped salaries for rookies in the CBA that has literally saved them 10s of millions of dollars . . .
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    The NFLPA was just as much behind that CBA provision as the teams were.
    Veteran players whined for years that it was unfair and a travesty how much money was going to unproven rookies instead of them. If you ever read polls and comment boards at the time, most most fans were solidly behind the change.
    Now, just a few years later, everyone is whining that young players don’t get enough money.
    Quit blaming teams and owners for ever little perceived slight. The players and their gutless union bear just as much responsibility for a lot of the things that are wrong with today’s NFL.

  8. The players should get every dollar they can. After all, do any of you think in a sport where you get your brains and body beat to a pulp and most likely premature parkinsons and alzheimers that the owners/investors will take care of players? It’s big business at its finest. Unless you are the creme de la creme you will be discarded just like the trash bin contents are.

    Shortest career, highest rate of injury and permanent damage and so many people begrudge these guys making the best deal they can and using what leverage they have. Why so angry at them? Jealousy? I don’t get it.

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