I welcome a day where we can stop talking about all this BS on Cat Scratch Reader, but unfortunately today isn't the day, it doesn't appear to be the month, and hopefully it will be this year. Today the NFLPA are holding a conference call in which they are expected to continue to push the newest line they're peddling in hopes of leveraging the owners and league- boycotting the 2011 combine.
According to Yahoo Sports' Jason Cole in his article yesterday union chief DeMaurice Smith is 'warming up' to the idea of disrupting the combine and the draft. To agents, Smith is drumming up the notion of the proposed rookie wage scale as a reason to advise their clients not to attend the combine. This is quite laughable given that reports indicate the union actually has very few issues with the wage scale issue, merely wanting to tweak the years said scale would apply to, not the idea of a scale itself. To the agents, however, they are pitching this issue as being at the forefront.
Of course agents are going to object to the idea of a wage scale. Once you land the #1 overall pick as a client it's quite easy to sit back like Bob Sugar and simply demand more than the last guy got. When you're representing Sam Bradford and he looks to make $78 million it's clear to see why an agent would be upset having a #1 pick being worth roughly $7.8 million in 2010, and potentially $780,000 in 2011.
It remains highly unlikely the NFLPA would manage to disrupt the combine or the draft itself, but this could mark the next round in this battle.