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Rookie Wage Scale:

I have been meaning to write a post about a rookie wage scale and with the draft quickly approaching I figured today was as good as any.    With many teams about to guarantee millions of dollars to unproven rookies, I think it is time the NFL follows suit of the NBA and establishes a rookie wage scale.

Last season’s number one overall pick, Jake Long, signed a five-year deal worth more than $57 million ($30 million guaranteed). The contract made Long the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL without ever playing a snap.  There’s something wrong with that situation. In what other profession does one make more than the best in their respected field straight out of college?

High draft picks are supposed to help a struggling franchise’s rebuilding effort, but can act as more of burden than a benefit, when the major financial obligations are factored into the equation.

There are many scales that can be implemented including but not limited to 1.  Give all rookies a 3 year contract, pay all rookies the same wage and the first pick receives the highest bonus and the last pick receives the least.  2.  A three year contract with a slotted pay scale.  The first pick receives the most and the last pick receives the least.

These examples would help to add young talent at a reasonable  price. The contracts are for three years, and if a player proves themselves at the professional level, they are financially rewarded.

I would love for the Giants to trade up and pick Michael Crabtree but the financial obligations would be huge.  Looking back , how many first round draft picks didn’t pan out for the Giants.  Jarrod Bunch, Derek Brown, Thomas Lewis, Tyrone Wheatley, Cedric Jones and Ron Dayne to name a few.  A lot of money was invested in these players and the Giants didn’t get much in return.

I believe this will be a hot topic for Roger Goodell and I really hope it happens sooner then later.

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