The announcement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was designed to counter arguments from prospective agents and other blood suckers that a rookie wage cap could be devastating to those who could turn pro this year but choose to stay in school.
I'm not certain how much of an impact this will have on the Florida Gators. The two players who have the highest draft potential, Brandon Spikes and Percy Harvin are not likely to be affected. Tim Tebow will make a decision that has nothing to do with draft position, income opportunities or anything else. Two other Gators believed to be thinking about a jump to the next level – Brandon James and Jermaine Cunningham are the two guys most likely to take a step back, a deep breath and return for their senior seasons.
The bottom line is that the NFL has eliminated a key argument that is used to convince players to end their careers ahead of schedule. How guys use this information is anyone's guess, but you have to give the NFL credit for stepping up and doing what it could to clarify the situation. Draft eligible players will still have decisions to make based on the reports on their draft attractiveness is concerned. But they no longer have to listen to the argument that a 2010 salary cap on rookie will hurt them in the future. That ain't happening.
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