Originally posted by mtminer:
Hey AB, correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't a player have to have played 3 years to get an extension?
Thats with the new CBA for draftees from 2011 and on. The players drafted can't be extended or demand an extension until end of season 3, also first rounders need there options for a 5th yr picked up after end of 3rd yr, or before end of 3rd yr. So Aldon Smith will need to be made by end of 2013 season on whether we will extend his deal to 2015, and he will be paid top 10 money as a OLB. Where Jenkins would be top 25, I believe, at WR and would be needed to extend by end of 2014 season.
Under old CBA rules, where there was no Rookie Scale wage system, any player could hold out or be extended before rookie deal was up, so say a player drafted 2010 and before wanted a extension after year 2, he could get it, so Bowman is eligible for an extension at any point. But players drafted in 2011, like Culliver, who might get an extension after 2013 or when contract is up after 2014, plus this years class would be eligible after 2014 for an extension.