By: Andy Atterbury > Junior > Journalism > Angelo State University, Photo by: Ryan Lejbak
Most of the issues keeping the two sides apart revolve around cold hard cash. Rookie salaries get bigger every year. In 2001, quarterback Michael Vick signed a then-groundbreaking six-year, 62 million-dollar contract with 15.3 million being guaranteed. But, last year Sam Bradford squashed Vick’s deal with his 86 million dollar contract over six years with 50 million guaranteed. The NFLPA wants to install a rookie salary cap in the next CBA to keep players who haven’t touched an NFL football from making so much money.
Whether or not we fully understand what went on behind closed doors at these meetings, the back-to-back extensions were at least signs of life for a 2011 NFL season. On March 11 the NFLPA decertified, leaving a giant question mark as to what is to come next. The Player’s Union has told NFL prospects to boycott the draft in April, another sign of the football apocalypse. There is a light at the end of the tunnel; it just seems no one can see it except Roger Goodell.