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Goodell Says Lack Of Rookie Cap Has Competitive Ramifications
Published April 27, 2009
|Goodell Says Players Who Have Performed
On NFL Level Should Be Compensated
Stafford's Guaranteed $41.7M Sets Record
For Most Guaranteed Money In NFL History
PLAYERS NOT THRILLED WITH DEAL: Vikings QB Sage Rosenfels said of Stafford's deal, "It just blows me away. Right or wrong, he makes twice as much money as [Patriots QB] Tom Brady. To me, it doesn't make sense." Vikings DE Jared Allen: "It's outrageous, absolutely outrageous. The guy's never taken a snap. I'm happy for him, but we got guys in this league that have played 10, 12 years that earn their wages every day and they don't see that kind of money" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/26).
AGENTS DISCUSS SYSTEM: Sportstars Inc. agent Jason Chayut noted the Draft “has proven to be an inexact science,” and a rookie cap will be “something that will certainly be up for discussion with the next CBA.” Agent Leigh Steinberg noted signing bonuses first were given to players due to “competition between leagues.” Steinberg: “It’s not like if they don’t sign with their team they have a great choice. They’re not going to go back to their campuses and develop a new theory of superconductivity.” Meanwhile, Chayut said, “Different agents have a lock on some of the higher picks and they wield a lot of clout behind the scenes with the CBA negotiations. It’s in their best interests to keep some of these top picks getting these exorbitant amounts of money” (“America’s Nightly Scoreboard,” Fox Business, 4/24).
LIONS LOSE AGAIN: In Detroit, Michael Rosenberg wrote the Lions "got absolutely schooled on this contract negotiation," and they "totally botched it." The Lions "cost themselves millions of dollars they could have spent on other players, and they once again caused people around the NFL to shake their heads." The Lions "complained that rookie bonuses are way too high, then went way higher than they ever needed to go." The Lions and President Tom Lewand "looked like amateurs here." Instead of "saying they needed to sign somebody to a reasonable deal, they said they needed to sign somebody before the draft," which "put the pressure on them" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 4/25). Also in Detroit, Drew Sharp wrote the Lions "had no choice but basically giving Stafford what he demanded in guaranteed dollars." However, the anger "should be directed at the NFL and the Players' Association for a [CBA] that unfairly and outrageously rewards unproven potential" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 4/25).