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Old 06-28-2007, 10:02 PM   #1
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Post Criticism of Steelers' Rookie Contracts Unjustified

The Steelers have been criticized recently for failing to sign second-day draft choices to four-year contracts, as opposed to the three-year agreements the team apparently prefers. To date, Pittsburgh has signed three of its Day 2 draft picks?P Daniel Sepulveda (fourth round), DL Ryan McBean (fourth round) and OG Cameron Stephenson (fifth round)?and all received three-year contracts. Meanwhile, the current trend among NFL teams is to ink middle-round picks to four-year deals, which ostensibly prevents those players from reaching free agency for an additional year.

Yet, there's a strong case to be made that three-year contracts (still) make a lot more sense. First, if the player doesn't pan out the team is out from under the contract in three years instead of four. Second, a three-year contract presumably warrants a smaller signing bonus (guaranteed money) than a four-year deal. Finally, a three-year contract puts the team and player at a negotiating crossroads after just three seasons, at which point: a long-term extension can be worked out; the team can make a tender offer (and either retain the player for another year or receive compensation for losing that player via restricted free agency); or simply allow the player to become an unrestricted free agent. At this point, both parties have an incentive to work out a long-term extension, and oftentimes that is exactly what happens.

From a team's perspective, four-year rookie contracts would seem to be the worst possible option, because the player has little incentive to come to the bargaining table before testing unrestricted free agency. In 1993 the Steelers drafted LB Chad Brown in the second round (#44 overall) and signed him to a four-year contract; after his contract expired he signed with Seattle. In 2001 the Steelers selected LB Kendrell Bell in round two (#39 overall); after four seasons Bell left for Kansas City. And in 2002 Pittsburgh drafted WR Antwaan Randle El in the second round (#62 overall) ; when his four-year contract expired, Mr. Randle El went to Washington.

In case you're wondering, the Steelers' 2004 second rounder (CB Ricardo Colclough) also has a four-year contract, which is set to expire after the 2007 season. However, it seems doubtful that Pittsburgh will retain Colclough beyond 2007, and it's very possible he will be cut in training camp. Generally, it only takes three years for a team to know about a player?another good reason to offer three-year deals.

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Old 06-28-2007, 10:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: Criticism of Steelers' Rookie Contracts Unjustified

i think they should offer contracts that are fair to both the player and the team. you want to make sure that the team isnt going to be spending money on a player that may not pan out and it doesnt take four years to determine that.
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Old 06-28-2007, 10:48 PM   #3
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Another sign that shows Rooneys aren't stupid.
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:10 AM   #4
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I think it is smart by the front offices.
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:40 AM   #5
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Default Re: Criticism of Steelers' Rookie Contracts Unjustified

dan sepulajdfsdk should have been signed to a 5 year deal, a punter in the fourth round is hard to fail with. players like ryan mcbean need to be signed to small contracts because there is a big chance they will suck &@!!$.
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dan sepulajdfsdk should have been signed to a 5 year deal, a punter in the fourth round is hard to fail with. players like ryan mcbean need to be signed to small contracts because there is a big chance they will suck &@!!$.
I was thinking that same thing. Sign the punter for a while, because if he is as good as he was, then we are not going to want to lose him in three years, I would have signed him to at least 5.
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I was thinking that same thing. Sign the punter for a while, because if he is as good as he was, then we are not going to want to lose him in three years, I would have signed him to at least 5.
just so you all know, the CBA prevents rookies (other than 1st rounders) being signed to contracts for more than 4 years. we couldnt sign sepulveda for 5 years if we wanted to. since the latter raound picks get far less money in their rookie contracts they get to hit free agency sooner than the high round draft picks.

this is only fair. just ask lance briggs or asanti samuel who were underpaid last year, for about $400,000 (on their original rookie deal)
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I like the idea of a three year deal. The player gets a fair shot to prove his worth to the team and the FO doesn't get soaked for a higher signing bonus and an extra year of salary if the player turns out to be a flash in the pan or doesn't perform up to the black and gold standard.

Thanks for the good read, Dom.
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just so you all know, the CBA prevents rookies (other than 1st rounders) being signed to contracts for more than 4 years. we couldnt sign sepulveda for 5 years if we wanted to. since the latter raound picks get far less money in their rookie contracts they get to hit free agency sooner than the high round draft picks.

this is only fair. just ask lance briggs or asanti samuel who were underpaid last year, for about $400,000 (on their original rookie deal)
that is why i sit in the stands and drink beer instead of in the Box making financial decisions
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By the way, this post ("Criticism of Steelers' Rookie Contracts Unjustified") was lifted directly from The Steelyard blog (at blogspot). Shame on you.
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