NFL: A Solution to Rookie Contracts

Drew JacksonContributor IAugust 7, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners stands on the sidelines after suffering an injury against the Brigham Young Cougars at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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I'm sure that most NFL and sports fans will agree that an unproven player, no matter how talented, should not being making nearly as much, or more than the pros that have proven they have what it takes.

I for one feel like it is a messed up system when a rookie quarterback is set to make 50 million dollars without having done ANYTHING to deserve it. The fact that an athlete making that much money is absurd is a different point entirely.

I feel I have a rather good idea as to how this can be eliminated. Perhaps the "rookie pay scale" is a good idea, but I feel like that would be more difficult for the player's association to agree to.

What about seriously back-loaded and incentive-based contracts for rookies with little guaranteed money?

Rather than giving a quarterback (one that was injured in college and missed his senior year because of it) $50 million no matter what, how about two or three million (still more than anyone ever needs) and then including incentives for him to play to peak performance. Maybe if he throws for X touchdowns he receives X more to his money.

In general, guaranteed money destroys the integrity of football. If it were substituted for incentive-based money then every player would be performing to the best of their ability every play (the ones that play for money that is *Cough, cough, Haynesworth*).


The ones that play for the love of the game, like Ray Lewis and all of the truly great players in the NFL, would still play to their best simply because they will accept no less of themselves.

Obviously we would all like to believe every player is in the second category but we also realize that is a fantasy and definitely not the case.

I for one simply love the sport of football. I feel like the massive amounts of money that are thrown around are wasteful and show the ignorance of these multi-millionaire divas that hold out for more and hurt themselves and their team.

Honestly, when you are dealing with anything above five million dollars, how much more could one possibly deem necessary? That is enough to set anyone up for a lifetime as long as they do not needlessly waste it.

The Seahawks are all now forced to hold their breath every time Russell Okung praying he can live up to his contract. Rams fans have it worse in that, Sam Bradford already has an injury history.

Something needs to be done about these contracts, I feel like this could be that something.