Gabbert's contract and the savvy of the Jaguars management

I think we were all excited to hear that Blaine Gabbert signed as did all of our draft picks in the quickest timespan since the inaugural season when all of our picks signed immediately.  Probably out of fear of Tom Coughlin.  A little look at the numbers tells us a couple of things:
1 - This current CBA-- the players involved really do not give a damn about the rookies.  2 - Every rookie from here out for the next 10 years while in Mobile, AL for the Senior Bowl, needs to find Jamarcus Russell who lives there and spit in his face.  He was the straw that broke the camel's back in terms of rookie wages.  And we jump...

Tyson Alualu was the 10th pick in the 2010 draft.  He held out for a few days.  When he signed, his contract was a five-year deal worth just less than $28 million, with $17.5 million guaranteed.  A Defensive Tackle.

Gabbert's terms were 4 years for $12 million guaranteed with an option for year 5.

Third qb taken in the 2011 draft.


To put into further perspective, Tim Tebow at the 25 spot and second quarterback picked in 2010, got a five-year deal worth $11.25 million ($33 million maximum value) with $8.7 million guaranteed.

What to make of it?  I still contend that the Jags management knew the rookie scale was going to happen and that it would result in a seismic shift in salaries and once the Titans took Jake Locker, they couldn’t leap fast enough to get to the 10 spot.  Fortunately for us, the Washington Redskins knew we were not going to pick a Cornhusker player and dealt with us.

I know it’s very premature, but the NFL returning to fiscal sanity with rookies in 2011 may pay huge dividends for the Jaguars at the most important position on the field now and in the future.

There truly is little risk for the team if he happens to be a bust, whereas in years past you pretty much had to eat it for 3-5 years before you dipped back into the QB pool in the first round.



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