Will Glazers Dig Heels In With McCoy’s Contract?July 17th, 2010
The next and possibly ugly battle to be waged on the NFL labor front is underway. That would be the signing of the 2010 first-round draft class.
Owners across the league are hoarding cash and preparing for a lockout in 2011. So who could expect them to start gleefully throwing around alleged market-rate dollars for rookies? Especially when a rookie salary cap seems an inevitable byproduct of a new collective bargaining agreement (whenever that actually happens).
Woody Cummings, beat writer for The Tampa Tribune, believes a big squeeze might be forthcoming from the Rams to No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford, and force a trickle down effect of holdouts that could include Bucs manbeast in waiting Gerald McCoy.
At a time when a five-year contract and $50 million in guaranteed payouts would be the norm for Bradford, there is talk the Rams may try to get Bradford to accept a three-year deal that includes less than $30 million in guarantees.
That would represent a significant step backwards for the players, who are already facing the strong likelihood that a far-less-lucrative rookie wage scale will be part of the new collective bargaining agreement.
The players, of course, are hoping to maintain the status quo at least through the current negotiating season. That desire could result in several rookie holdouts, possibly including McCoy, who was drafted third overall.
Surely Team Glazer would never stand for negotiations that could affect the Bucs’ on-field performance. After all, Joel Glazer recently said “money will never be an issue” when it comes to building the Bucs. Why Joe even expects Glazer to step in soon and demand that Mark Dominik sign Donald Penn to a long term deal.
Kidding aside, with defensive tackle Brian Price missing a load of offseason practice time already because of school commitments and an injury, the Bucs certainly can’t afford — on the field — to have McCoy miss any training camp.
Given the labor situation, Joe has little hope of a smooth, holdout-free process.