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Time to fix rookie salary structure

Originally Published: April 2, 2009
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

As Denver coach Josh McDaniels scrambles to make the best of a bad Jay Cutler situation, a major problem has popped up again: the rookie salary pool.

For years, owners, coaches and general managers have complained that the system for paying rookies is broken. Since the rookie salary pool was created in 1993, agents have poked holes in a system that was created to limit the size of rookie contracts.

Each year after the draft, the league assigns a cap dollar value to each draft choice, ...

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