Ever wonder just how much the new CBA and rookie wage scale has really changed contracts with rookies? Look no further than the Seattle Seahawks draft class that already has 8 of their 10 picks signed. This includes first round pick Bruce Irvin.
These negotiations, especially for first round picks like Irvin, used to take months and often weren’t completed until just before the start of training camp. Now they’ve been reduced to a few hours of combing over the fine details and making sure there’s no typos. It’s clearly a much different situation now.
The following draft picks are signed:
- Bruce Irvin, 1st Rd, 15th overall
- Bobby Wagner, 2nd Rd, 47th overall
- Russell Wilson, 3rd Rd, 75th overall
- Robert Turbin, 4th Rd, 106th overall
- Korey Toomer, 5th Rd, 154th overall
- Jeremy Lane, 6th Rd, 172 overall
- Winston Guy 6th Rd, 181 overall
- Greg Scruggs, 7th Rd, 232rd overall
The following players remain unsigned:
- Jaye Howard, 4th Rd, 114th overall
- JR Sweezy, 7th Rd, 225th overall
All of these contracts must be approved by the league and the Players association, and thus do not yet appear on the the league’s official transation log. That should happen today, and at that time we should learn 2 of the 4 players who will have to be cut to make room for this year’s draft picks. The other 2 will come when the remaining to players sign their contracts in the coming days.
It is really impressive that the Seahawks have managed to get all these players signed so quickly, not that it matters all that much. As long as none of the were to get hurt during the non-contact OTAs and mini-camps, then it simply doesn’t change anything as long as they are all signed by the start of training camp.
At least now they are all protected in case of some freak non-contact injury.