NFL Notebook: Players' union probes odd trades
Thursday, September 02, 2010
From wire dispatches
The NFL players' union is looking into whether trades made by four teams this week are attempts to avoid paying money into a rookie pool. The NFL Players Association is reviewing trades made by the Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals.
The suspect trades have the union's attention because, under collective bargaining rules, if a drafted rookie is cut by the team that drafted him, that team is required to pay 85 percent of that player's salary into a rookie pool. The money from that pool will be distributed to rookies early next year based on the number of downs played in the 2010 season. The way the rule is written, teams could circumvent the rookie pool payment by trading a drafted player they were going to cut to another team -- and have that team cut the player.
Arizona signed Pro Bowl defensive tackle Darnell Dockett to a four-year, $48 million contract extension with $30 million guaranteed.
Washington signed quarterback John Beck to a three-year contract worth $3.35 million. The deal is essentially a two-year extension and puts Beck under contract through the 2012 season.
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