As the NFL season comes to an end the rookies start declaring for the draft and deciding their futures as pro football players. One of the main items to check off the list for these soon to be millionaires is to pick the best agent possible to market the brands (accompanied by douchey logos) they create for themselves. If you’re wondering what I mean by douchey logos, exhibit A:
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These rookies want to make sure they get paid what they want and/or deserve so they seek out the best agent possible but one top pick is going against the grain. According to Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Daily Heisman trophy winning quarterback Baker Mayfield is still deciding if he wants to hire an agent for his rookie season. Most would think this is ridiculous, how is he going to handle getting a bigger paycheck, or how is he going to get one of those sweet ass logos to use as his Twitter avatar? Although an agent will be helpful for organizing the events leading up to and after the draft, the money is the least of Baker’s issues.
On The Money Issue:
Per the current CBA, each NFL team is allotted a maximum amount of dollars to spend on their draft picks not only in year 1 cap charges but also in total value. Those loopholes that existed in the prior CBA were all eliminated and thus rookies are limited to increases that equal 25% of their first year’s cap charge. The new CBA refers to these allocations as the “Total Rookie Allocation” and “Year One Rookie Allocation”. The values for each team are determined by the position the player is drafted.
With all that said let me know what you think: