Enough Is Enough: Why The NFL Must Limit Rookie Salaries

July 31, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Tonight Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams agreed to a six year $78 million deal with a record $50 million dollars guaranteed. This would be OK in many people's eyes if he was a proven star, but he hasn't even thrown a pass in the NFL yet, and is recovering from a shoulder injury.
The rookie wage scale has become a major problem that the NFL must deal with soon. In many cases a top 10 pick in the NFL draft can receive more guaranteed money than a star veteran on the free agent market. It's gotten to the point that some teams don't even want these top picks because they know that the cost of the player might not be worth the value he provides on the field. So many teams even prefer picking in the late first or early second round as they can get better value for their money.
A possible solution to the problem could be instituting a rookie cap on salary and/or length of contract. This could be adjusted yearly and would harness the amount of money that a rookie can be...

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