While the negotiations over the CBA have placed the majority of teams at a disadvantage because players have been locked out of facilities and have not had the opportunity to participate in OTAs, it has not been a big problem for teams with established lineups … such as the Packers.
And now another factor that will affect many teams – a cap on signing bonuses for each team of $75,000 for the entire undrafted players – will keep the minimum of players from being signed.
That might seem somewhat insignificant because you might ask how many undrafted players actually make rosters? A few, but not many.
In addition, with the average signing bonus at only $3,000, it will only hurt those teams who want to spend a little more on the better undrafted players.
Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Packers writer, said, “Probably won’t see $20,000 signing bonuses for rook free agents anymore.”
However, when you combine this with the lack of OTAs, and the time that drafted rookies have been kept away from team facilities, it will be clear as the season progresses that these factors will play into team depth.
If it was already difficult for undrafted players to make a roster, this rule will certainly work against teams and those players who may have aspirations of making it onto an NFL team’s roster.
Though it’s not clear, it sounds like if all goes well early this week with the adoption of a new CBA, undrafted players will most like be allowed to sign with teams starting as early as Wednesday.