The future for those at the NFL Rookie Symposium this week will be shaped, in part, by the new collective bargaining agreement that is eventually hammered out by owners and players.
Speaking at the event, commissioner Roger Goodell said he would like to see more substantive discussions take place. I am certain you would hear the exact same thing from anyone else involved in the situation.
“There are really no developments of any significance to report,” Goodell said, according to Vic Carucci of NFL.com. “There is talk: we had a meeting just last week. There'll be an agreement at some point. Everyone would like it sooner rather than later, whether it's the players, the owners or the fans.
“So I think it's important for us all to get down and get more productive dialogue. Sometimes these things don't happen until you get a little closer to the end (of the current CBA, which expires in March). That's just the reality.”
When the topic of a rookie wage scale was raised, Goodell made it clear he believes players should be rewarded for their work on the field. The current crop of rookies will not be affected by any rookie pay system, so surely they are all in favor of a new system that prevents No. 1 overall picks from hauling in contracts worth more than $40 million guaranteed. After all, no team wants to be associated with the next JaMarcus Russell.
“I think a new rookie compensation system is critical,” Goodell said. “I think it's important that we have a system that is designed to reward players who succeed on the NFL field. And when a player is paid a lot of money and doesn't make it in the NFL, and that money leaves the system, that's not good for anybody. So I think we need to reward performance on the field.”
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