NFL Draft: A Closer Look at How NFL Rookies Are Wildly Overpaid

April 8, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Now more than ever, rookies in the National Football League are overpaid.
Times have certainly changed over the past few decades, as athletes in all sports have been earning more and more dollars, but this is especially true for first-year players.
Players highly touted out of college seek agents to help get them the most money possible, and if a certain offer isn’t thrown out on the table, then a player may have a strong intention to hold out, a la Michael Crabtree or JaMarcus Russell.
Every player wants to “get their money’s worth,” and rookie salaries in the NFL have skyrocketed to copious amounts in the past few years especially. As Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel pointed out before the 2007 NFL Draft, NFL rookies differ from those in other leagues because they get to negotiate their initial contracts, whereas rookies in other leagues, like the NBA for example, are offered salaries in predetermined ranges.
A couple of examples of this ...

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