The Redskins will welcome the eight rookies that they just drafted to the team facility this week. Within a few weeks, they all probably will be under contract.
Since the salary cap increased $10 million since last year, those rookies should be looking for a nice increase over what their counterparts in the draft class of 2013 made, right?
Not so fast. The rookies will not be sharing much in that increase.
According to Pro Football Talk, the rookie pool will remain flat compared to last year. There is a $15,000 increase in the minimum salary that was baked in to the CBA but other than that, no new money for the rookies.
Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not like the rookies will have to scrape by on nothing. Top pick Trent Murphy will get a deal with a signing bonus of $1.57 million and a deal with a total value of $4.47 million over four years. Even their last pick, kicker Zach Hocker will get a check for $60,248 for signing his name to a contract and a deal worth $2.28 million over four years.
On those deals, only the signing bonus is guaranteed so the players, especially Hocker, will need to be very careful with the money. And the fact that there isn’t a little bit more of it spread to the incoming group after the big increase in the money available doesn’t really seem fair. But it is what it is.