In lieu to the recent signings in the NFL, I have become more and more shocked at the amount of money that rookies are demanding. Yes, these guys are trying to look after their future in case they get hurt or aren't as good as they think and get cut, but this in no way excuses them for asking for 10 million plus in guaranteed money, with a contract that extends for five years or more with them earning 8 million plus per year. This is absurd. They should have college degrees that guarantees them a life after football. It won't be a life or salary if they are stars in the league, that's unargueable, but they would make enough to live. Just because they were good in college, doesn't mean they get to be instant millionaires.
None of the rookies have proven themselves with the rigor of the NFL season or if they are even going to be as good as they were in college. There are many examples of rookies coming in to the league, holding out like they're big time, then bust when they actually step onto the field. I don't think I have to name name's. There are plenty out there. The chances of these guys actually making it to Peyton-like status are slim, and their pay should reflect that.
The league should implement a base rookie contract. Something that cannot be taken to court or to the Player's Association. When a player is drafted, they should have no right to holdout, a mandatory signing with that team (unless traded) that would give them a little above the league minimum for no more than three years -- no arguements, no questions. Then when that initial contract is up and they have PROVED they are worth what Willis is getting in San Fran, or Peterson in Minnesota, then they can holdout for the kind of money they are getting signed for now. I feel this is fair. Should Brady Quinn be able to holdout over . . . what? He's never played a down in the NFL, he was only average in college (he played really well against non-25 teams, but was horrible when he had to play a team like USC or Michigan), and this temper-tantrum is just a show of what his character really is.
I don't get the luxury of holding out at my job for millions of dollars, there is no guarantee in life, and playing in the NFL is a PRIVILEDGE, not a right. Something needs to be done.