NFL, NFLPA* Agree On Rookie Wages

Late yesterday afternoon, Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the news via twitter. The NFL and NFLPA* put the issue of rookie wages behind them.

NFL owners reportedly compromised on year five money for rookies. The players gave a little on some renegotiation rules, according to Albert Breer. This is easily the biggest breakthrough in talks in weeks.

There are still issues to work out before an agreement in principle on the CBA can be worked out, but the rookie wage scale was seen as the biggest obstacle remaining. Mark Maske of the Washington Post calls the deal "within reach" Friday, but believes a few more days is likely.

According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, the details of the agreement are as follows:

  • Five-year contracts, with a team option for the fifth year.
  • If the team option is exercised, in the fifth year the top 10 picks would receive a salary equal to the average of the top 10 player salaries at their respective positions. That money would be guaranteed if the option is exercised after the third year of the contract.
  • If the team option is exercised, in the fifth year picks 11-32 would receive a salary equal to the average of the Nos. 3-25 salaries at their respective positions. That money would be guaranteed if the option is exercised after the third year of the contract.

There was also talk that drafted players could not renegotiate a contract until after their third season, with undrafted players being able to do so after their second season.

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