A bit of positive news on the NFL labor front. Our old 'buddy,' Jason 'Roethlisberger is better than Peyton' Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that the two sides have agreed to on a rookie wage scale, along with "other minor issues". No details yet, but we do know what each side was proposing as recently as one month ago.
According to Andrew Brandt of National Football Post (last month), the NFLPA was proposing four-year contracts for players in rounds 1-3 and three-year contracts for the rest. The NFL wanted five-year contracts for first rounders -- and six-year contracts for first round quarterbacks -- with the rest of the players receiving four-year deals.
Brandt reported they disagree on the financial pay out as well using the ninth pick in the draft as an example. Last year's ninth pick. C.J. spiller, received a five-year, $24.3 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. In the NFLPA's proposal, the ninth pick would receive a four-year deal worth $18 million. Under the NFL's proposal, that pick would receive a five-year, $8.6 million contract.
Likely, both sides came to some kind of compromise between $8.6 mill and $18 mill. This is significant for the Colts, who pick at No. 22 in the first round this year. Having an established scale that everyone agrees upon will, in theory, make it easier for picks to get signed.