OK – I admit, I thought things would be resolved by the end of June. But I’m glad that things appear to be headed toward a proper conclusion here a few weeks later. One of the things I am pleased to read about (here) is that there will be a new rookie wage system. While I haven’t bothered to learn enough about the details of this whole lockout thing to take a definitive side, one thing I really agree with the owners on is the need to fix the rookie wage system. When Sam Bradford signed that ridiculous guaranteed contract last year without having played a down (like many rookies have in the last couple years), it ticked me off. And I know it ticked off lots of the veteran guys who have played before. Putting some kind of system in place to curb that ridiculousness is a good idea – so I’m glad that appears to have happened.
I am getting ready for football here now. I’ve been able to survive the lull in the action by following golf like I usually do – but it’s always around British Open time that I start remembering that football season is right around the corner. The best thing about this whole lockout thing – I think it’s given our guys a chance to really relax and heal their bodies. I’m thinking we come into the year more refreshed than most defending Super Bowl Champs.