There’s a possibility that this could become a major trend around the National Football League. The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a rookie wage scale to the league for the first time. This means that rookies drafted into the NFL are slated to earn a predetermined salary depending on where they are selected.
No more long holdouts. No more extensive contract disputes before a player actually steps foot on a NFL field.
With these new rules in place, agents are becoming less important when it comes to rookies negotiating their first professional deals.
That’s where New York Giants first-round pick Ereck Flowers comes into play. The rookie offensive lineman from Miami (F) made the decision to negotiate his rookie deal without the use of an agent. It’s a decision that a couple players made last season, and it could start a trend in that direction.
As the ninth pick in the draft, Flowers is set to receive $14.4 million of guaranteed cash on his deal. While there are still questions regarding offsets and other more in-depth details left to be hashed out, Flowers feels confident that a deal will get worked out before training camp:
“Going good,” Flowers said of the negotiations, via NJ.com. “I’d rather get it done soon. But as long as it takes. Whatever it takes.”
It’s an interesting change for a sport that has over the past several years relied on agents to play central roles for rookies entering the league from college. It will also be interesting to see if more players look to avoid paying an agent commission by taking this step and eliminating the middle man.
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