On Thursday evening, the NFL Lockout may have moved one step closer to coming to an end, as reports indicate that the owners and the players agreed on a rookie pay scale. However, there are still some minor legal matters that need to be dealt with before it can be finalized. But with conflicting reports emerging daily on how close a deal may or may not be done, that missed dot over an 'i' could be problem.
"You may not get what you'd like to start. But it may work better for you in the long term because you might get to free agency sooner and might end up with more money in that second contract than you would have in the old situation," said Branion.
In 2010, the Detroit Lions signed the No. 2 pick, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a five-year, $60 million deal, which included $40 million guaranteed and $8 million in additional incentives. And that was before he even played in down in an NFL game. He certainly justified the contract in his first year with 10 sacks.
Whatever this rookie pay scale turns out to be, Von Miller is still going to get paid handsomely in his first contract. And should he turn into the dynamic defensive player John Elway hailed him as, that second contract will be all the sweeter.