The NFL and NFLPA continue to negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and one of the tallest tasks has been how to distribute the $9-plus billion in revenue. While they're still having trouble figuring that out, they have agreed on some key issues.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports the two sides have agreed to a rookie wage scale and "other minor issues". We're not sure about the details but we do know what each side was proposing as of last month.
According to Andrew Brandt of National Football Post (last month), the NFLPA was proposing four-year contracts for players in rounds 1-3 and three-year contracts for the rest. The NFL wanted five-year contracts for first rounders -- and six-year contracts for first round quarterbacks -- with the rest of the players receiving four-year deals.
Brandt reported they disagree on the financial pay out as well using the ninth pick in the draft as an example. Last year's ninth pick. C.J. spiller, received a five-year, $24.3 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. In the NFLPA's proposal, the ninth pick would receive a four-year deal worth $18 million. Under the NFL's proposal, that pick would receive a five-year, $8.6 million contract.
Obviously that's a significant difference in price so one side, or both, likely gave in a little bit, if they have indeed agreed on a rookie wage scale.
Cole reports that it's "all about the money" right now meaning the split of the revenue.