I agree with Roger Goodell about the rookies making way too much moolah! I understand that these are supposed to be the best of the best from college. But that doesn't mean that they are going to be superstars in the NFL.
So you look at Tom Brady. (I know that I am going to catch hell from my Raider Nation for using him, sorry) But, Brady wasn't even taken until the last pick in the sixth round.
Now I don't know what he received in his rookie season, but I am sure it wasn't $70 million. However, as he progressed in his career, he earned more and more money.
You need to prove yourself. And each year that you do that, you get a raise. Just like in a regular career. That just might make a player play harder. Which would make the NFL a lot more interesting.
I am tired of watching players that stop playing their hardest because they aren't winning. If there was a set amount that a rookie started with, then they also couldn't hold out with their contract.
This aggravated me so much last year with JaMarcus Russell. In my book he is starting as a full rookie this year. So that's my rant on contracts. Agree or disagree, I think that all sports should adopt this policy.