If there is anyone that is getting screwed by the Lockout in the NFL it has to be the Rookies. I know the fans are getting the shaft too... Big Time! But I really feel bad for the rookies coming into the NFL this year.
Think about it.
1. Rookies have missed OTAs, not to mention the fact that many don't have playbooks yet.
2. They have not had the benefit of training at Team Facilities, or even the opportunity to meet their new Coaches and Trainers.
3. No Free Agency before the Draft. Let's say a team needs a CB. They draft one in the later rounds of the draft as a safety net. Then once FA starts, they sign a Starter at CB. Now the rookie is fighting a uphill battle to make the team. And add in the fact that he is going into Training Camp blind, without the OTAs or any previous meeting with the Coaches.
4. Rookie wage scale/ Contracts. I don't know how all this will work out. But I don't think Rookies will be making the money this year that they made last year, and in years prior. Also, by this time in a normal off-season, Rookies and their agents would already be negotiating contracts with their new team. Once a new CBA is signed not only will FA start, but the Signing of Rookies will as well. So if the deal gets done by mid July, that gives you 2 weeks before training camp to sign all your rookies and to hold free agency. Call me crazy but that is gonna be a MESS.
I think the fact that the Lions only have 5 draft pick to sign is a good thing. It will give us more time negotiate with FA and Undrafted Rookies. Regardless I am going to hope that a few gems end up getting cut from other teams and the Martin can work his magic to fill the remaining holes on our roster.
Jeeebus GET THIS DEAL DONE!!!