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?
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.
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
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.