The New NFL CBA Saved the Bengals

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Jul 26, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown addresses the media at the Bengals press conference at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE


The Bengals and Alabama CB Dre’ Kirkpatrick have agreed yesterday to a 4-year deal worth $8.6 million, with $7.84 million guaranteed. The deal got done not because of Mike Brown’s amazingly cheap negotiating tactics, but because every draft pick is slotted with a set salary that dictates a players salary by the position he was selected, not how much his team wants to over/underpay him.

The new NFL CBA has been one of the greatest things to ever happen to the Bengals franchise, as its in essence been an anti-Mike Brown agreement in that NFL teams could no longer squeeze first-round picks for every penny possible, leading to long holdouts as we’ve seen with players like Andre Smith, who missed almost half of the 2009 training camp due to his holdout, then returned out of shape and fractured his foot and essentially had a lost rookie season.

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