The League

THE QUESTION

Why all the holdouts?

With training camps opening up next week, why does nearly every first-round pick from the 2010 draft remain unsigned? NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has hinted at collusion between owners as one issue while the lack of a collective bargaining agreement to ensure financial stability beyond this season could have players demanding more guaranteed money than ever. What is the main reason for the delay and will we see a record number of holdouts continuing deep into training camp?

Posted by Matt Brooks on July 23, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

How many picks will be unsigned by start of camps?

How many first-round NFL draft picks will still be unsigned when training camps begin next week?

Posted by Reader Poll, on July 23, 2010 11:19 AM

Procrastination will give way

While owners, rookies and their agents have different financial concerns with the uncertainty of the next collective bargaining agreement ahead, their procrastination and excuses will eventually give way and the current crop of first-round picks will be in camp before long.

Posted by Rob Rang, on July 23, 2010 10:09 AM

Dominio effect

A looming NFL lockout and the uncertainty of the next collective bargaining agreement has player agents looking to cash in now.

Posted by Brandon Benson, on July 23, 2010 9:07 AM

Something's fishy

If there's collusion going on between NFL owners, it's the restricted free agents who are getting the raw deal, not unsigned first-round draft picks.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on July 23, 2010 7:52 AM

Need for guaranteed money

Guaranteed contracts, like those that exist in other major professional sports, would benefit NFL players and owners and eliminate rookie contract holdouts.

Posted by Michael Kun, on July 23, 2010 12:36 AM

Uncharted waters ahead

NFL's uncertain financial future has players, agents and owners waiting for someone else to take the plunge before signing a rookie contract. Even if it takes longer than usual, the deals will get done by the start of the season.

Posted by Dave Goldberg, on July 23, 2010 12:10 AM

Strike while the iron's hot

First-round draft picks and their agents are looking to land big paydays before a rookie wage scale is put in place, but with uncertainty on the horizon, teams are thinking twice about shelling massive rookie contracts.

Posted by Joel Thorman, on July 23, 2010 12:05 AM

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