View Full Version : Numerous NFL picks drafted in third round and later not cashing in with max deals

05-18-2012, 09:51 PM

NFL teams not only got a serious change in the way they were allowed to pay top draft picks as part of the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, they have been shortchanging lower-round draft picks as well.

Or teams have at least found a way to take advantage of agents and players who are not savvy enough to fight for every dollar.

Much of the problem last year revolved around the hurried efforts to get deals done after the CBA was agreed to in late July with training camp starting just days later. However, many agents are concerned that the trend is continuing this year.
According to information from multiple agents and NFL Players Association contract data, NFL teams combined to save more than $8 million in salaries for players selected from the third to the seventh rounds in 2011 based on the rookie cap.

Given the terms of contracts that have been negotiated so far this year and taken into consideration last year's deals, teams are projected to save upwards of a combined $10 million in 2013 and 2014. While the money in question is not due to be spent on players unless the athlete reaches the second and third years of his contract, many agents believe it's symptomatic of a larger problem in the league and throughout the player-agent business.