Why the NFL Needs a Rookie Pay Scale

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Published: March 19, 2009


... be the last remaining piece to a puzzle that has your team playing deep into January.

At the same time, by picking the wrong player your team is held at gunpoint with dreams from fans of what could have been. The ramifications of choosing the wrong player can be seen for years.

The salaries that some of these players receive today without ever playing a single game are becoming absurd. Look at last year alone. Jake Long was the first pick of the draft and instantly became the most expensive left tackle in the league. Teams are dropping million dollar guarantees on young, unproven players that are coming out of college.

The NFL needs to set a rookie pay scale of some sort, like in the NBA. What do the owners and GMs talk about at the meetings during the offseason that this has never happened? You can't tell me that the NFLPA is against this. The NFLPA is all for its players getting more money, but they also know that there is...

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