NFL, NFLPA agree on rookie salary scale (developing)

  Somewhere, Stanford QB Andrew Luck is crying.  The league and the players' union have agreed to a rookie salary scale, according to this piece from Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole.

  The first, and only reported change, is contract length.  As the article notes, players selected in the first half of the first round can sign up to six-year deals, as was the case for the Rams and Sam Bradford.  Rookies selected in the latter half of the first round can sign up to five-year contracts, and any player selected after the first round can sign up to four-year deals.

  Under the new deal, first round picks can sign a contract of up to four years; the longest contract a team could sign a players selected in the second round or later to would be a three-year deal.  This is, essentially, a concession to players.  Being able to get out of your rookie contract sooner means free agency sooner which means more money.  To counterbalance that, one would have to assume the limitations on rookie contracts, especially day one deals, will be pretty significant.

  There have been a couple leaks on proposals since this discussion started.  For example, owners had proposed the top overall pick should only be allowed five-year deals for $19m, with just $6m guaranteed,  King Sam laughs at you, peons!

  One of the player concessions is also expected to be a behavioral damage recuperation.  When Michael Vick went to prison, he walked with $20m from the Falcons despite (obviously) not being able to step on the field for the remainder of his contract.  The owners will get a clause in the new CBA that allows them to get that money back.

  Now this doesn't really get us much closer to a CBA.  This was a relatively simple issue, because the concessions each side could make weren't incredibly painful and were limited to future mistakes, which of course no owner will ever see themselves making.

  The core issue continues to be the direct payout to ownership from total revenues.  Under the previous CBA, it was $1 billion; as of right now, the owners are asking for $1.8 billanillas.  Of course, if you're here at TST, you probably already know the players want more financial info than what the league is coughing up.  The real issue is that this is a fight.  The league thinks they gave the union what they had asked for in the first place, so there's a lot of scrapping left to do in D.C.

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