New CBA with Rookie Pay Scale

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Percentage of Revenues Devoted to Salary Cap
The most recent CBA had the players receiving 60% of various revenue streams that the NFL receives.  The owners voided the current CBA due to that percentage being too high.  Obviously, no new agreement is going to be able to include that figure (or a higher one) else they wouldn't have risked the unrest they created by voiding the CBA.  Also quite obviously, the players aren't happy with a reduction of any kind.  That is the crux of the issue with the two sides even beginning to negotiate a new CBA.  One side needs a better deal, the other wants proof (never mind that teams spent less on purpose even though they didn't want to in order to remain profitable, and also, never mind that one team is completely open to all (the Green Bay Packers, a publicly owned team) and also never mind that it is in the best interest of everyone on both sides to keep the league profitable for everyone involved).  I therefore recommend the following:  pay the players 62% of those same revenue streams... MINUS the national unemployment rate from the end of the 4th calendar quarter (December) just prior to the end of the NFL year (first week of March).  When the economy is exceptionally bad, that'll be 62% less 10% unemployment or 52%... and when the economy is golden, that'll be 62% less 2.4% unemployment or 59.6% (or thereabouts).  Allow the economy to determine the salary cap each year as the economy dictates the profit potential for the owners.  Besides, with more revenue with future TV contracts and a reduced rookie contract plan (see below) there will be more salary cap available to the veterans then ever before... more then enough to make up for the reduction in the shared revenue in bad economic years.

Percentage of Revenues   17 Game Season   Restricted Free Agency   Rookie Pay Scale   

17 Game Season
The players (of course) want less working days and to stay at 16 games per season.  The owners (of course) want to move up to 18 games a season but are willing to go down to 2 preseason games.  The obvious compromise is 17 regular season games, but how do you handle that number with an equal number of home and away games per team?  My solution is this: reduce the preseason games to 2 (or 3 if you can convince the players it's worth their while) and add a game to the regular season along with an additional bye week.  The "extra" regular season game would be played on a neutral venue, such as in Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Mexico, etc.  All teams would have 8 home games in the regular season, 8 away games within the USA, and every team would play one game (that counts) outside of the USA.  This plus 2 bye weeks and 2 preseason games adds up to 21 weeks (or 3 preseason games for 22 weeks if all can agree to it) of televised games, currently it's 21 weeks (1 bye week, 4 preseason games, 16 regular season games).  It should increase the  international attraction to the sport, reduce the number of meaningless games, and provide for more television revenues.  I would also suggest adding some Tuesday night games to the schedule... with any teams playing Tuesday getting the following Sunday off as their bye week.  I would also suggest any Thursday game team receive the previous Sunday off as one of their bye weeks.  Regardless of the final total number of regular season games I recommend the league move to 2 bye weeks and adding some Tuesday night games.  In addition to the bye weeks, the league should add an Injured Reserve designation that is 6 weeks long to their options, the same rules as PUP but that would apply to any in season training or game day injury.  One more change I would make, increase the practice squad to 12 players from the current 8, the current 53 players on the roster to 55, and the current active on game day players to 47 from 45.

Percentage of Revenues   17 Game Season   Restricted Free Agency   Rookie Pay Scale   

Restricted Free Agency
Further below is the new Rookie Pay Scale which consists of the entire draft being 3 year contracts.  This RFA plan is based on the idea that unrestricted free agency starts after 4 years, therefore every draft pick will be subject to RFA in year 4.  To further encourage teams to sign their valuable young players to long term contracts the teams may use each of these RFA tags once per year, and all are guaranteed unless a new contract is agreed to that replaces the tag.

Franchise Tag (2 first round picks) (the same as before)

1st and 2nd round picks = 90% of Franchise Tag or $3,090,000 or 110% of previous years' pay, whichever is highest.

1st and 3rd round picks = 80% of Franchise Tag or $2,792,000 or 110% of previous years' pay, whichever is highest.

1st and 4th round picks = 70% of Franchise Tag or $2,495,000 or 110% of previous years' pay, whichever is highest.

$2,198,000 for 1st round pick

$1,545,000 for a 2nd round pick

$1,010,000 for original draft position

Can only use one of each tag in a season, can only use the 6 lower tags for RFA (4th year players), the Franchise tag can be used on any player. All tags are guaranteed (unless a new contract is signed instead).

Percentage of Revenues   17 Game Season   Restricted Free Agency   Rookie Pay Scale   

Rookie Pay Scale
The premise of this plan is to use the previous years' average salary cap as the basis for the yearly roster bonus pay.  The average positional cap value is multiplied by a percentage based on draft slot.  The total roster bonus would be the same for each year of the contract with minimum wage being the salary.  All contracts would be for 3 years.  New RFA rules would apply for year 4.  Below is the information used and an example.  The actual contract column information was acquired from http://www.walterfootball.com/forum/showthread.php?18052-2010-Draft-Signings  The plan takes into account that middle round draft picks play for too little, that the top 10 contracts are unrealistically high, that the draft busts are sapping too much money from the team veteran players, that teams have no incentive for signing young players to longer term contracts, and that veterans should have a larger portion of the pie (the salary cap pie).  Please note there is a NLTBE bonus for those making the probowl during their 3 year contract as well as NLTBE bonuses based on playing time (for those exceptionally gifted draft picks who apply themselves to the sport and receive playing time in response).

2009

Position

Average Cap Value

Quarterback

Wide Receiver

Running Back

Offensive Line

Tight End

Defensive End

Defensive Tackle

Linebacker

CornerBack

Safety

Kickers/Punters

$4,030,496

$1,933,553

$1,568,982

$1,987,774

$1,434,751

$2,487,193

$1,818,026

$1,701,378

$1,841,361

$1,477,587

$1,390,494

 
Salaries each year = Mininum Wage

Draft position percentage times previous years average equals Roster Bonus paid each year

New RFA Rules apply after contract ends.

 
Round 1 Contracts guaranteed 3 years worth of roster bonuses

Round 2 Contracts guaranteed 2 years worth of roster bonuses

Round 3 through 7 Contract guaranteed first year bonus only

All Roster Bonuses due and payable by 10th day of new league year (mid-March).

 
All 255 contracts would include a yearly Pro-Bowl NLTBE Bonus of $500,000

All 255 contracts would include a playing time bonus.  100% to 75% of the snaps is $500,000; 74.99% to 50% of the snaps is $250,000; 49.99% to 25% is $100,000; under 25% is zero.  This bonus would be paid at the end of the season as a NLTBE Bonus (thus coming off the next year's cap allotment)

2010 and future slot values
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Below are the Actual Contracts Signed

Various 2010 Contracts Would Have Been (Under The New Method)

Player and Actual Contract Signed

Total Contract 

Salary Year 1

Roster Bonus Each Year

Salary Year 2

Salary Year 3

1. St.Louis Sam Bradford - QB 6 year $86 million contract, $50 million guaranteed

$16,254,359

$320,000

$5,038,120

$395,000

$425,000

2. Detroit Ndamukong Suh - DT 5 year $68 million contract, $40 million guaranteed

$7,903,057

$320,000

$2,254,352

$395,000

$425,000

3. Tampa Bay Gerald McCoy - DT 5 year $63 million contract, $35 million guaranteed

$7,848,517

$320,000

$2,236,172

$395,000

$425,000

4. Washington Trent Williams - OT 6 year $60 million contract, $36.75 million guaranteed

$8,415,253

$320,000

$2,425,084

$395,000

$425,000

5. Kansas City Eric Berry - FS 6 year $60 million contract, $34 million guaranteed

$6,503,641

$320,000

$1,787,880

$395,000

$425,000

6. Seattle Russell Okung - OT 6 year $58 million contract, $30 million guaranteed

$8,295,986

$320,000

$2,385,329

$395,000

$425,000

7. Cleveland Joe Haden - CB 5 year $50 million contract, $26 million guaranteed

$7,713,657

$320,000

$2,191,219

$395,000

$425,000

8. Oakland Rolando McClain - ILB 5 year $40 million contract, $23 million guaranteed

$7,162,877

$320,000

$2,007,626

$395,000

$425,000

9. Buffalo C.J. Spiller - RB 5 year $37.5 million contract, $20.8 million guaranteed

$6,647,127

$320,000

$1,835,709

$395,000

$425,000

10. Jacksonville Tyson Alualu - DT 5 year $28 million contract, $17.5 million guaranteed

$7,466,731

$320,000

$2,108,910

$395,000

$425,000

11. San Francicso Anthony Davis - OT 5 year $26.5 million contract, $15.954 million guaranteed

$7,997,820

$320,000

$2,285,940

$395,000

$425,000

12. San Diego Ryan Mathews - RB 5 year $25.65 million contract, $15.08 million guaranteed

$6,505,919

$320,000

$1,788,640

$395,000

$425,000

13. Philadelphia Brandon Graham - DE 5 year undisclosed contract

$9,571,583

$320,000

$2,810,528

$395,000

$425,000

14. Seattle Earl Thomas - FS 5 year $21.1 million contract, $12.32 million guaranteed

$6,104,693

$320,000

$1,654,898

$395,000

$425,000

15. New York Giants Jason Pierre-Paul - DE 5 year $20.05 million contract, $11.63 million guaranteed

$9,422,351

$320,000

$2,760,784

$395,000

$425,000

16. Tennessee Derrick Morgan - DE 5 year undisclosed contract

$9,347,735

$320,000

$2,735,912

$395,000

$425,000

17. San Francisco Mike Iupati - G 5 year $18.25 million contract, $10.8 million guaranteed

$7,640,021

$320,000

$2,166,674

$395,000

$425,000

18. Pittsburgh Maurkice Pouncey - OL 5 year undisclosed contract

$7,580,388

$320,000

$2,146,796

$395,000

$425,000

19. Atlanta Sean Weatherspoon - OLB 5 year $17.5 million contract, $10.5 million guaranteed

$6,601,422

$320,000

$1,820,474

$395,000

$425,000

20. Houston Kareem Jackson - CB 5 year undisclosed contract

$6,995,527

$320,000

$1,951,842

$395,000

$425,000

21. Cincinnati Jermaine Gresham - TE 5 year $18.55 million contract, $9.66 million guaranteed

$5,659,465

$320,000

$1,506,488

$395,000

$425,000

22. Denver Deymarius Thomas - WR 5 year $12.155 million contract, $9.35 million guaranteed

$7,172,685

$320,000

$2,010,895

$395,000

$425,000

23. Green Bay Bryan Bulaga - OT $14.75 million contract, $8.76 million guaranteed

$7,282,222

$320,000

$2,047,407

$395,000

$425,000

24. Dallas Dez Bryant - WR 5 year $11.8 million contract, $8.5 million guaranteed

$7,056,672

$320,000

$1,972,224

$395,000

$425,000

25. Denver Tim Tebow - QB 5 year $33 million contract, $8.7 million guaranteed

$13,352,402

$320,000

$4,070,801

$395,000

$425,000

26. Arizona Dan Williams - DT 5 year undisclosed contract

$6,594,079

$320,000

$1,818,026

$395,000

$425,000

27. New England Devin McCourty - CB 5 year $13.2 million contract, $7.285 million guaranteed

$6,608,841

$320,000

$1,822,947

$395,000

$425,000

28. Miami Jared Odrick - DE 5 year $13.071 million contract, $7.133 million guaranteed

$8,452,346

$320,000

$2,437,449

$395,000

$425,000

29. New York Jets Kyle Wilson - CB 5 year $12.99 million contract, $7.12 million guaranteed

$6,498,359

$320,000

$1,786,120

$395,000

$425,000

30. Detroit Jahvid Best - RB 5 year $12.7 million contract, $7.1 million guaranteed

$5,658,668

$320,000

$1,506,223

$395,000

$425,000

31. Indianapolis Jerry Hughes - DE 5 year undisclosed contract

$8,228,499

$320,000

$2,362,833

$395,000

$425,000

32. New Orleans Patrick Robinson - CB 5 year undisclosed contract

$6,332,637

$320,000

$1,730,879

$395,000

$425,000

33.St. Louis Rodger Saffold - OT 4 year $6.3 million contract, $3.9 million guaranteed

$6,685,890

$320,000

$1,848,630

$395,000

$425,000

63.Indianapolis Pat Angerer - ILB 4 year $3.14 million contract, $1.35 million guaranteed, $1.01 million signing bonus

$4,355,604

$320,000

$1,071,868

$395,000

$425,000

98. Atlanta Mike Johnson - G 4 year $2.432 million contract, $642,000 signing bonus

$3,823,495

$320,000

$894,498

$395,000

$425,000

131 Cincinnati Roddrick Muckelroy - OLB 4 year $2.215 million contract, $425,000 signing bonus

$2,632,959

$320,000

$497,653

$395,000

$425,000

169 Green Bay Marshall Newhouse - G 4 year $1.94 million contract, $149,850 signing bonus

$2,317,756

$320,000

$392,585

$395,000

$425,000

206. San Francisco Kyle Williams - WR 4 year $1.86 million contract, $79,400 signing bonus

$1,749,069

$320,000

$203,023

$395,000

$425,000

255 Detroit Lions Tim Toone - WR 3 year $1.241 million contract, $26,000 signing bonus

$1,263,264

$320,000

$41,088

$395,000

$425,000

 

 

Example: Detroit Lions 2010 Draft (actual is below, new method to the right)

Total Contract

Salary Year 1

Roster Bonus 

Salary Year 2

Salary Year 3

2. Ndamukong Suh - DT 5 year $68 million contract, $40 million guaranteed

$7,903,057

$320,000

$2,254,352

$395,000

$425,000

30. Jahvid Best - RB 5 year $12.7 million contract, $7.1 million guaranteed

$5,658,668

$320,000

$1,506,223

$395,000

$425,000

66. Amari Spievey - CB 3 year $1.915 million contract, $700,000 signing bonus

$4,509,690

$320,000

$1,123,230

$395,000

$425,000

128 Jason Fox - OT 3 year $1.546 million contract, $330,907 signing bonus

$2,928,997

$320,000

$596,332

$395,000

$425,000

213 Willie Young - DE 3 year $1.263 million contract, $48,000 signing bonus

$1,792,888

$320,000

$217,629

$395,000

$425,000

255 Lions Tim Toone - WR 3 year $1.241 million contract, $26,000 signing bonus

$1,263,264

$320,000

$41,088

$395,000

$425,000

The total of Lions contracts actually signed = $86.665 million

$24,056,564

= Total of Lions contracts under this method

 

 


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Last Updated on 1/29/11
By NetRat   www.thenetrat.com
Original Rookie Contract and RFA Ideas by LionHawkEye