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Smith Calls Rookie Cap Proposal A "Veteran Wage Scale" In Memo To Players
Published February 11, 2011
MORE ON THE MEMO: In DC, Mark Maske reported the memo also indicates that the "amount of bonus money in contracts also would be set by the rookie wage scale under the league's proposal." The memo said that a "defensive tackle taken with the ninth overall selection in this year's draft would receive a five-year contract worth $8.6 million, provided that he reaches certain playing-time benchmarks in the deal." The memo indicated that the "same player would receive $18 million over four seasons under the union's proposal for a rookie wage scale, if the player reaches a playing-time benchmark" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 2/10). ESPN's Chris Mortensen noted players also "would not be able to renegotiate their contracts or agree to extensions until three years after they were drafted." Smith wrote signing bonuses "would be fixed, paid over the length of a contract and subject to forfeiture 'if the player does not toe the Club's line in every way'" (ESPN.com, 2/10).