mikeak wrote:^ I was unclear. To me the difference should be larger. I guess I can see the argument if the 7th rounder hangs around he should be rewarded but not enough difference between the two to me.
Ahh gotcha....although even before the cap, 3rd and 7th rounders really never did have huge differences in contracts. Where the differences lie is usually in the signing bonuses and that's why you see the difference is still key even today.
They always give higher signing bonuses to those expected to make the team than to guys who have a harder time getting on the squad.
Also, these contracts aren't really that much different than they were in the past, it's really the first 2 rounds and especially the first rounders and the top of that round that are getting hurt by not having negotiating powers in this new CBA.
Don't forget, this new CBA also gives performance "bonuses" to players in their first contracts who outperform their contract. We saw that with Russell Wilson and others this off season