The words a lot of sports fans wanted to hear happened on Monday. The lockout is officially over and football fans everywhere are rejoicing. But, with me being the person I am, I wanted to know what kind of deal the players agreed to and most importantly, who won in this situation.
As I reviewed the things that happened in this lockout, it's obvious who the winners were: the owners. I know some may not agree with what I'm saying, but it's the obvious truth when you look at it.
One of the main things you heard the owners say they wanted to do was cut the rookie pay scale. And they were successful in doing so. The owners cut the rookie pay scale by a whopping 50%. What this means is gone are the days of the monster rookie contract. For example, the Jamarcus Russell mega-deals will now be replaced by the number one pick, Cam Newton, receiving at the maximum four years and $22.03 million. This may look good on the outside for veterans, but the thing I want to know is when a veteran comes up for a new deal, will owners pay them their worth or will they short them what they feel they are worth? This is a question that will be answered in the near future.
Another big issue was the franchise tag. Players hate it when a team seemingly keeps signing them to one-year deal after one-year deal until they decide that player isn't worth the franchise tag anymore and they let them go. This franchise tag was supposed to be an issue that Patriots QB Tom Brady, Colts QB Peyton Manning, Saints QB Drew Brees and, most notably, Patriots G Logan Mankins and Chargers WR Vincent Jackson were fighting to have abolished. Well, apparently, they dropped that issue for a new deal and guess what, the franchise tag stays. Look for more players to be bound by this franchise tag and not be allowed to have at least some sense of security with a multi-year deal.
In the beginning, the players wanted certain things, but in the end, it seems like the owners have got more of what they wanted than the players. And there are still more issues like worker's comp to be worked out as well. The minimum salaries may have gone up to help the players, but the advantage is for the owners. What are your thoughts?
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