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Should Rookie RBs Get Shorter Contracts?

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Heard this idea earlier this week once the news broke about Gordon holding out for a new contract. I can see a reason to love it and a reason to hate it

What do you guys think?

Pros:

RBs will have less wear and tear on their body so teams might be more likely to give them a better extension with 1 less year of being a modern-day gladiator. 

Cons:

Shelf life of a player is already about 3 years so it might cost them a year of money that would be guaranteed for a rookie

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6 minutes ago, SBLIII said:

Yes but I think it's hard for the league to do it. 

How so? Why not just decrease their league generated rookie contract down 1 year?

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Just now, JaguarCrazy2832 said:

How so? Why not just decrease their league generated rookie contract down 1 year?

because players and agents of players of other position groups will find arguments why their league generated rookie contract should be 2-3 years only as well

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13 minutes ago, SBLIII said:

because players and agents of players of other position groups will find arguments why their league generated rookie contract should be 2-3 years only as well

Maybe if this 18 games schedule debacle goes in they can get that as a bargaining chip haha 

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No.1 players/the NFL won't want to shorten rookie contracts (Technically late round rookies do get 3 year contracts because RFA exists)

No.2 this only applies to one position and if you change it for one you have to make it the standard and that's not happening. 

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18 minutes ago, DingoLadd said:

No.1 players/the NFL won't want to shorten rookie contracts (Technically late round rookies do get 3 year contracts because RFA exists)

No.2 this only applies to one position and if you change it for one you have to make it the standard and that's not happening. 

#2 is the big one here imho. I think there are all sorts of legal issues that crop up if you try and make this apply to a single positional group

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Add in that making RB free agents faster will also drop them in the draft. They already struggle to be top picks due to positional value now you’re going to lower a team’s return on investment as well. 

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It’d be a big CBA negotiation. Position-equality aside, which would be a big issue in and of itself, teams won’t be want to relinquish another season or two of cost-controlled play. It also would mean less total dollars on rookie deals, which isn’t beneficial for all the guys. 

Hell, you could argue this would backfire on Gordon too. This was his first year with efficient production, despite missing some games. His TD% also went way up. I think running backs just have to be cognizant that they’re due to get shafted more than other positions, just the nature of the game. Get drafted as young as possible.

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On 7/13/2019 at 2:24 PM, JaguarCrazy2832 said:

Shelf life of a player is already about 3 years so it might cost them a year of money that would be guaranteed for a rookie

Then give the player a player option so they can end the contract if they’re good or keep it going the final year if they suck

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What were the minimum contract lengths in the 90's? Would've made more sense then when teams were really pounding the rock.

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On 7/16/2019 at 9:30 AM, iknowcool said:

They should just get rid of the franchise tag.

I was going to say this. Or they should remove the positional basis for it. If someone is truly a "franchise" player that you must keep from the open market, it should at the average of the top 5 for ALL positions, so basically only QBs should get it.

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