The new rookie wage scale is supposed to make contracts easier. Now that we are in the second year of the program, I expect it to be even easier than last year, especially for Trent Richardson who wants his deal done by Friday. Most of the rookies at the top of the first round get their four-year deals fully guaranteed. Last year’s third-overall selection Marcell Dareus agreed to a 4-year $20.4 million deal with the Bills.
The breakdown of that deal looked something like this.
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So without too much trouble the Browns should be able to figure out how to get Trent Richardson’s deal done as long as it doesn’t get too nit-picky in terms of structure. Just assume that Richardson’s deal will be 100% guaranteed and four years long and probably with an option year for the fifth year.
The Seattle Seahawks were the first to strike in contracts with their first rounder, pick number 15, Bruce Irvin. Irvin signed for what appears to be about 1% more money than what Mike Pouncey got from the Dolphins in the same slot a year prior. With predictability like that, it seems fans can be optimistic that Trent Richardson and the rest of the 2012 draft class will get contracts done in relatively short order.
If the new rookie slotting rules achieve that and also enable the flurry of movement we say in this year’s draft, then I would say the new CBA got that part of it 100% right.