Rookie wage scale solutions in sight

Owners and players won't let lingering issues over first-round salaries hold up new CBA

Originally Published: July 13, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

However it's ultimately worked out in the new collective bargaining agreement, the reduced salaries for rookies will be an interesting change in the game.

It can't be forgotten that the NFL installed a rookie pool that was supposed to hold down rookie salaries. Smart agents destroyed it quickly, starting when the Seahawks gave an option bonus to quarterback Rick Mirer in 1993. The system was set up for rookies to get 3 percent of the salary cap. Option bonuses allowed guaranteed money for ...

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