Clayborn Laughing About Rookie Salary Cap

June 23rd, 2011

The boring world of asinine lockout chatter, which has been uplifting fans with much needed hope lately, has turned to alleged player-owner discussions of a rookie salary cap.

Essentially, the discussion centers around rookies no longer scoring tens of millions of guaranteed money before playing a down of NFL football. (Gerald McCoy was granted about $40 million guaranteed in his first contract.) Rookies would have to earn their way to beastly money after possibly two or three years of service.

In Joe’s eyes it makes a world of sense.

However, Bucs 2011 first-round pick Adrian Clayborn doesn’t seem to be on board. But at least he sees the humor and irony in him likely entering the league a year too late. Clayborn, an impressive, fun Twitterer, chimed in on Twitter last night.

@AJaClay – think its funny vets like the rookie wage scale. of course you do…NOW!

The NBA long ago realized that churning out massive guaranteed contracts to rookies was foolish and unnecessary. It’s not a tough concept to grasp.

Joe would love to see a scenario in which NFL teams can better reward and keep their accomplished players.

Joe can only imagine how giddy Chucky would be to have such a policy in the NFL. With all that extra money to sign ancient veterans, the guy might never sleep in the offseason.

17 Responses to “Clayborn Laughing About Rookie Salary Cap”

  1. Derek 'OldSchool' Fournier Says:

    Time does change perspective. The only ones who find the concept tough are the class immediately impacted by the change. Not hard to get why.

  2. OAR Says:

    I think all contracts(especially rookies) should be incentive laden! Prove you can play or belong at the NFL level, then get the money!

  3. Fear The Glow Says:

    I can see where Clayborn is coming from but this has been a long time coming. Its kind of surprising that it has gone on so long with contracts shooting through the roof in recent years.

  4. Espo Says:

    It makes perfect sense. Its unfortunate for Clay that he has to be amongst the first group of victims, but it will be better in the long run.

    Wow Joe I think this is the first time you’ve mentioned the NBA without dissing it. You’re making strides.

  5. Chris FWC :) Says:

    Get Tank Black on it! I hear he’s great with incentive laced contracts.

  6. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    GMC should be the poster child for why rookie wages must be reduced. The fact that this joke is guaranteed 40 million is offensive and makes me rethink my belief that the owners are on the wrong side of this lockout.

    Clay born better watch his mouth or he will piss off some vets.

  7. BucFan941 Says:

    lol clay ..u funny looking dude…tom tom why so much hate on gmc?….u know its been only one year..but ill say if he stays the way he did this year then yea but dude be fair give him some time

  8. D-Rome Says:

    There absolutely needs to be a rookie salary cap. The rookie deals in the NBA have worked. For those of you who actually know the NBA (all two of you) years ago a guy like Greg Oden would have received a $60 million contract but he’s just a broken down player who never lived up to his potential.

    I’m left wondering, which “vets” is Clayborn referring to? Most vets didn’t get those ridiculous $30 million guaranteed type deals when they were rookies. Honestly, it’s not like Clayborn or any 1st rounders are going to be earning under $1 million.

  9. RastaMon Says:

    love the choice of words….”beastly”…I’ll go back and finish reading the story..

  10. Mauha Deeb Says:

    @Thomas Go to PFF and check out who had more QB pressures in less snaps than Suh……. Yet, I’m sure you’d rather have Suh over McCoy. PFF also did a special on Suh explaining all of his sacks and how most of them were a product of the QB being forced into him by pressure from the outside. McCoy didn’t have that luxury.

  11. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    I’m all about the rookie salary cap, but I don’t think it should be implemented until next yr…..just seems like the fairest way to go about it

  12. Joe Says:


    Wow Joe I think this is the first time you’ve mentioned the NBA without dissing it.

    One of the Joe’s is an NBAaholic.

    The other Joe wants a constitutional amendment banning it.

  13. Tuggz Says:

    Can’t knock college basketball tho. Those kids are all heart and school spirit, and nothing beats March Madness

  14. Macabee Says:

    @Thomas, et. al. re Gerald McCoy – another opinion.

  15. Macabee Says:

    Correction: www.

  16. Ac3 Says:

    Yea Thomas…McCoy is definitely more of a bust than Jamarcus Russel

  17. wg terrell st.louis Says:

    clay is my boy and i think after this long wait the rookie salary is bull but patience is pratical