Depending on who you want to listen to, the rookie wage scale contention between the NFL and the NFLPA formerly called, was one of the final significant hold ups in getting a deal done in time to save the 2011 NFL season. So, again depending on who you want to listen to, that contentious part of the negotiations is over as the two sides have apparently agreed to a rookie wage scale and the parameters that come along with it.
According to an ESPN report, the owners today made significant concessions, particularly in the area of 5th year contract money, while the players made significant concessions in the overall cut that the rookies will have to take. No word yet on the rumors surrounding a deadline to sign which would end the prospects of holding out or what the penalties would be if a draftee fails to sign by that deadline.
If, and over the last four months everything relating to these negotiations comes with an if, the last major hurdle was indeed the rookie wage scale, then a new CBA should be in place by next week, both parties will submit the agreement to the presiding judge in the “Brady Case”, Judge Susan Nelson, and the league year will begin sometime in the next 10 to 14 days.
I fully expect tomorrow to hear something from one side or the other stating that this report from ESPN simply is not true and that there still is a lot of work that needs to be done.
You should as well.