"Veterans are being passed over in favor of younger players who cost half as much and don't even have a fraction of the experience," said longtime agent David Canter. "Whenever that happens, regardless of profession, the quality of the product is going to decrease. The new CBA helped create this environment as owners duped the players and NFLPA into thinking that the savings on rookie contracts via an unnecessary rookie scale would be passed along to veteran players, with the union scoring the victory of less time in facilities in the offseason."
That's the key word: to 'have' to take it," agent David Canter said. "What happens if he breaks his ankle in the first week of training camp? ... There's never any guarantee that the player gets back to the marketplace and gets paid."