hey soul, you will like this and think a great point, that if angelo wants to move up, the 'cost" to move up will be alot less than last few years of the ridiculous contracts for top10 and even top 20 picks..
One area of common ground between the league and NFLPA appears to be the desire for the new collective bargaining agreement to contain language regarding a rookie salary cap. In the past, teams -- including the Bears -- dreaded the prospects of picking in the top 10 of the draft because of the guaranteed money paid out to those rookies before they ever stepped on an NFL field.
But since a rookie salary cap seems inevitable, the days of paying top picks like Sam Bradford $50 million in guarantees are probably over for owners and general managers across the league. Because the price of high first-round selections is expected to go down, it could encourage teams to be more aggressive and attempt to trade up to grab a player in the upcoming draft.
Under general manager Jerry Angelo, the Bears have been active on draft day, but they generally trade down and stockpile more picks in the mid to later rounds.
Although the Bears probably will stay put at No. 29, at least the waters won't be as treacherous from a salary standpoint if Angelo considers moving up the draft board.
"I think what really hurts those teams in top is that [guaranteed money]," Angelo said over the weekend at the NFL combine. "Nobody wants to get in there [the top 10] for that reason. Unfortunately, the system that was to reward those teams that didn't have good seasons, has become a bit of curse, if the player really isn't looked at as a marquee player. That's hard. How many marquee players are there in any given draft?
"I think everybody kind of gets that, and we want to get it back to the original spirit of why we have the draft set up the way it's structured. Those teams at the top [should not be] cursed with the salaries, particularly if the player doesn't work out."
Angelo speaks from experience. The Bears, after all, took Cedric Benson with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 draft.
The league absolutely needs a rookie cap limit so that some fiscal balance can be restored and the insanity of handing out $20 - $50 mil in guarantees to top ten picks comes to an end. It's criminal that these guys who've never played a down of pro football can get this kind of money while many of the retired vets who helped elevate the game to it's present popularity struggle with health issues and pensions that even retired school teacher couldn't live on.
It wouldn't hurt for someone with a more current sense of value to comment on the old Jimmy Johnson Draft Position Value Scale that has oft been used to establish the cost involved with trading picks on draft day. That thing is more than a decade old by now.