Rookie Pay Issue Remains Hot Topic
The issue of rookie pay isn't going away. It promises to be a major topic of debate in the upcoming labor negotiations.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made that clear last week when he spoke out on the topic, calling the escalating salaries and bonuses that teams give to just-drafted players ridiculous.
The franchise owners want to add a mechanism to curb rookies' salaries as part of the labor negotiations, and they have the support of some veteran players who also have voiced their objections to seeing younger, unproven players receive such handsome contracts.
But Gene Upshaw, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, has said he will not agree to any such mechanism.
To Upshaw, players have limited opportunities to raise the salary bar, and he's not willing to eliminate one of them. In Upshaw's view, a huge deal given to a rookie sets a contract precedent that enables other players to negotiate raises for themselves.
By Mark Maske |
July 2, 2008; 9:43 AM ET
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