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Matt Ryan and Undeserved Rookie Contracts: NFLPA President Agrees with Me!

Paul SalmanSenior Analyst IMay 21, 2008

NFL Players Association president, and respected veteran in the NFL, Kevin Mawae agrees with my article about Matt Ryan and rookies contracts posted below.

Mawae was on ESPN Radio show "The Herd", hosted by none other then Colin Cowherd, and expressed his thoughts on rookie contracts.

Here are some of his comments:

"As a guy who has been in the league for 14 now going on 15 years and being around other veteran guys, for a young guy to get paid that kind of money and never steps foot on an NFL football field, it's a little disheartening to think of," Mawae said. "It makes it tough for a guy who's proven himself to say 'I want that kind of money' when the owners, all they're going to say is, 'Well, you weren't a first-round pick.'"

Dolphins Kicker Jay Feely was also on the show with Mawae, and it seems he read my article as well, and had this to say in regards to contracts for rookies compared to some of the leagues best like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning:

"....Veteran players don't believe rookies should be paid more than Tom Brady or be paid more than Peyton Manning on their first contract. "

Feely continued with his thoughts, which again reflect what I stated in my article, and says NFL contracts for rookies should mirror that of the NBA rookie contracts.

"After three or four years if they come in and prove something, then they get that big contract."

Seems that this is an issue that players in the NFLPA do have a problem with, and hopefully it can be resolved during the CBA discussions.

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