Negotiating contracts in the NFL has traditionally been a long and drawn-out process, as agents make demands in their best interests, while teams may want to pay players slightly less than their market value in order to navigate the league’s difficult salaries. Can Cap.
But that may be changing, at least for novices.
NFL insider Field Yates reported that nearly two weeks after the draft, the 110 players selected in this year’s draft officially signed their rookie contracts on Friday instead of taking months to complete the process.
A total of 110 NFL draft picks officially signed their rookie contracts today, including 7 first round picks.
Not like in the olden days where that process often took months.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) 12 May 2023
The market for viable NFL players has gotten a lot more lucrative over the years, and it started with some of the league’s biggest stars.
In the past offseason, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson, Tyreek Hill, and Davante Adams were all handed big new contracts, and this spring, Lamar Jackson and Daniel Jones have cashed in big time.
The rookie crop this year will be very intriguing, and it will start with quarterbacks Bryce Young and CJ Stroud, who were taken with the first two picks of the draft.
In addition, Anthony Richardson, a dual-threat QB from the University of Florida, is considered to have a high ceiling.
Running back Bijon Robinson, who went No. 8 to the Atlanta Falcons, is considered a potential superstar in the making.
Fans are also excited to see linebacker Will Anderson Jr. and tight ends Dalton Kincaid and Michael Meyer, who were taken by the Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills, and Las Vegas Raiders, respectively.
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