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May 09, 2012

Panthers to start signing draft picks

As the Panthers' draft picks arrive in town Thursday for this weekend's rookie camp, many will be tasked with an additional activity besides drills and agility work – signing their contracts.

While a number of teams already have some of their drafted players under contract, the Panthers have begun the process and likely will be announcing deals soon.

Because of the rookie wage scale that was a key component in the new collective bargaining agreement, it has become a fairly straightforward process. With rookie salaries slotted – like the NBA – based on where players are drafted, there is little negotiating room, and rookie holdouts should become obsolete.

Under the former labor agreement, most rookies would go unsigned until July and it was not unusual for several of the top picks to sit out the start of training camp while negotiating their contracts.

All rookie contracts now are four-year deals; teams have a fifth-year option for their first-round picks.

A lot of teams are getting guys done. And we're in the process of working on it,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said Wednesday. “Hopefully, we're making progress. It's a totally different process really that should move much faster.”

The Panthers will have about 50 players in for the rookie camp – their seven draft picks, a dozen undrafted free agents, five players with less than a year of NFL service time and as many 25 players on three-day tryouts.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on May 9, 2012 at 04:48 PM | Permalink


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Posted by: MrTouchdown | May 9, 2012 8:13:17 PM

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Posted by: buzzkill | May 10, 2012 7:47:52 AM

I'm looking forward to seeing what the young talent has to offer the Panthers.

Posted by: KS | May 10, 2012 12:16:14 PM

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