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Joel Thorman
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Joel Thorman

Co-editor of Arrowhead Pride, a Kansas City Chiefs website.

Strike while the iron's hot


At this point, only one first-round pick has been signed. That's not completely unusual as only two picks had been signed by July 21 in 2009 but it is a slight cause for concern considering the current landscape of the NFL's labor situation. Both the NFL and the NFLPA seem to want a rookie wage scale but both sides also want to attach conditions to said rookie wage scale in order to further enhance their agendas in the quest for a new collective bargaining agreement.

This issue probably has less to do with collusion as it does the rookie wage scale that's going to come next year. The agents realize this will probably be the last year for the windfall paydays of rookies and want to strike while it's hot. In addition, agents aren't happy with the owners because of the lack of activity during free agency this year, which hit the agents where it hurts -- the pocketbook.

Agents don't like to be outdone by other agents so many will wait until the players around them have signed so they can avoid doing a bad deal. The problem with this scenario is that you've got a bevy of draft picks waiting for their peers to sign before they start negotiating.

So there's plenty of animosity between player agents and NFL management which would cause a lack of activity with the first-round picks.

I suspect by the end of July, when the majority of teams begin to report to camp, you'll see nearly all the picks outside of the top ten signed. The top picks will be tricky because that's where the most money is to be made (or saved, depending on your perspective). There will likely be a record number of holdouts through the first week or two of camp but, just like every other year, you'll see them all eventually sign.

By Joel Thorman  |  July 23, 2010; 12:05 AM ET  | Category:  Collective Bargaining Agreement , Draft , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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