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Old 04-08-2009, 02:25 PM   #16
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It's the only logical thing to do. For a rookie to come into the league and be paid like a pro bowl player without ever playing a game at this level is ridiculous.
Basketball Rookie Cap is the perfect way to do it imo, it is beyond ridiculus for teams to actually ponder not wanting to draft in 1st round. In fact i think this is why the bad football teams stay bad, cuz they get stuck with these insane contracts to guys that are not proven.
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Old 04-08-2009, 02:27 PM   #17
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For reasons that have never made a lot of sense to me, the NFLPA has vehemently opposed a rookie pay scale. Here is why I do not understand their position.

Every team in the NFL has a salary cap AND a salary floor. Every team has to spend more than X million dollars and less than Y million dollars on player salaries every year. If rookie wagers are "reined in", the salary money "saved there" has to go to other players who are not rookies. And "not rookies" are the players who are the current menbers of the NFLPA.

So, the NFLPA position seems to favor showering money on college kids who are not Association members at the time of the draft at the expense of putting that money in the pockets of current members of the Association.

I don't get it. But the reason there is no rookie wage scale is that the NFLPA - - and Gene Upshaw very specifically - - fought it tooth and nail.
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Old 04-08-2009, 02:28 PM   #18
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Yeah, the 1st overall pick is a curse rather than a gift that helps you build your franchise up. All it does is give you the first shot in a complete crap shoot and strains your cap.
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Basketball Rookie Cap is the perfect way to do it imo, it is beyond ridiculus for teams to actually ponder not wanting to draft in 1st round. In fact i think this is why the bad football teams stay bad, cuz they get stuck with these insane contracts to guys that are not proven.
I agree. It seems to work fine for them. From what I've read, the vets are a little upset about this as well and I don't blame them. Not having a rookie cap benefits no one except the rookie and his agent and puts a strain on the cap.
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Old 04-08-2009, 04:38 PM   #20
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For reasons that have never made a lot of sense to me, the NFLPA has vehemently opposed a rookie pay scale. Here is why I do not understand their position.

Every team in the NFL has a salary cap AND a salary floor. Every team has to spend more than X million dollars and less than Y million dollars on player salaries every year. If rookie wagers are "reined in", the salary money "saved there" has to go to other players who are not rookies. And "not rookies" are the players who are the current menbers of the NFLPA.

So, the NFLPA position seems to favor showering money on college kids who are not Association members at the time of the draft at the expense of putting that money in the pockets of current members of the Association.

I don't get it. But the reason there is no rookie wage scale is that the NFLPA - - and Gene Upshaw very specifically - - fought it tooth and nail.
This is right on. The real question is why is the NFLPA so insistent on this position? If the answer is to maintain a free market then the teams have no one to blame but themselves. Setting a "rookie scale" (can you see the agents buying this?) would relieve a lot of pressure from the veterans - and there wouldn't be anything wrong with renegotiating after a year.
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:00 AM   #21
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No way in hell that happens. Its way to risky if you want a specific player. Not to mention your gonna piss of your fan base, player, agents etc. and have a difficult contract negotiation to deal with whenever you do pick. Plus why not just trade back and pick up a pick or 2 in the process?

Indeed. The Lions should trade down for the 2nd best Qb and another impact player.
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