Under the new collective bargaining agreement, only players drafted in the first round allow teams the option to extend the rookie contact for a fifth season. If you think you have the guy that will be your starting QB in a season or two why wait for round two or three when you can take him in round one and lock him up for 5 years instead of 4. That is a huge difference when you talk about QB's and the cost of the second contact, one year matters. I am thrilled that we got Manuel in the first round because if he turns out to be a stud we get an extra season on his first contract.
Section 3. Rookie Contracts:
(a) Contract Length. Every Rookie Contract shall have a fixed and unalter-
able contract length: (i) four years for Rookies selected in the first round of the Draft, with a Club option for a fifth year as described in Section 7 below; (ii) four years for Rookies selected in rounds two through seven of the Draft (including any compensatory draft selections); and (ii)i three years for Undrafted Rookies
Edited by buffaloboyinATL, 26 April 2013 - 11:03 PM.