Texans’ contract with Dameon Pierce has slowed negotiations for other fourth-round picks

USA Today

The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association has largely taken the negotiating out of rookie contracts. A draft pick’s contract is determined by the spot where he was drafted, and for the most part there’s not a lot of wiggle room for teams and agents.

This year, the vast majority of rookies have already signed, including every single pick in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds, and more than 90 percent of third-round picks. But in the fourth round, something odd is happening.

Only about a quarter of the players drafted in the fourth round have signed their contracts, and according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, that’s largely due to the contract the Texans gave fourth-round running back Dameon Pierce.

The Texans paid Pierce $25,000 more than they had to according to his draft slot as the second pick of the fourth round, and that has led other fourth-round picks’ agents to ask for the same. Of the first 15 players drafted in the fourth round, Pierce is the only one who has signed his rookie contract.

Eventually, all those picks will sign. But it’s slower going than usual, and Pierce’s contract with the Texans appears to be the reason.

10 responses to “Texans’ contract with Dameon Pierce has slowed negotiations for other fourth-round picks

  1. The odds of a 4th round pick making an NFL roster is low.
    If a plyer misses training time it impacts their ability to make the roster and earn millions.

    Lets be real – these are 4th round picks- if I’m a team I’m not going to back down to a fourth round pick. I will stand firm, else it encourages similar behavior. I’d tell the player they will be at the bottom of the depth chart.

  2. I disagree with “Wonderboy” who thinks 4th round picks aren’t important. They are the meat and potatoes of every NFL team.

  3. wonderboy says:
    June 11, 2022 at 1:43 pm
    Lets be real – these are 4th round picks- if I’m a team I’m not going to back down to a fourth round pick. I will stand firm, else it encourages similar behavior. I’d tell the player they will be at the bottom of the depth chart.
    ————————————————————-
    Are you serious??? Kirk Cousins, Dak Prescott, Steve Larget, and Maxx Crosby say hello

  4. Man, if they’re sweating bullets over 25 grand for a 4th rounder there must have been 31 collective strokes over Watsons contract…

  5. There are always going to be a few exceptions, but a fourth round pick is generally not thinking he’s going to make hundreds of millions. If I were the teams, I’d just put the offer on the table and see if he walks away. My guess is you’re going to see a lot of these “holdouts” firing their agents as they see the season starting, and they’re not making a penny.

  6. I understand the NFL has a salary cap, but it’s kinda crazy that in a billion dollar league that $25k would be a sticking point.

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