The incoming class of rookies could all face a tough time following the NFL Draft in April. While many top picks won’t sign deals until just before training camp, others sign a month earlier and start bringing in a paycheck. With no CBA in place, it won’t matter where your drafted. Until there is one, you can’t sign a contract and you won’t make any money.
Wonder how many move back with mom and dad or go to work at the local Walmart?
There is one incoming freshman that won’t have to worry about his paychecks, first round candidate, Cam Newton. Newton today signed a deal with Under Armour that will pay him more than a million dollars per year to endorse their product. This before one single NFL Combine rep, one interview, one single pass thrown at the NFL level in practice or a game. This all before the kid is even drafted.
What happens if he wrecks on a motorcycle and doesn’t get drafted?
The biggest endorsement deal for an incoming rook went to Reggie Bush in 2006 when Adidas paid him a cool million to endorse their shows. So while many of the incoming frosh are bagging groceries or filling shelves (ok not really), Newton will be driving by in his brand new car. Simply waiting with the rest of the NFL players for a contract to be signed. You can read more here.