As we all know, we are headed for a lock out. It may not even be that long, but a lock out is a lock out. As Green Bay Packer fans, we are use to this. We have always built through the draft then free agency. Most teams make the "big splash" for star players before the draft. This year, it seems, every team will have to follow our game plan.
Looking over it though, would this be a big problem if everybody had the same set up as Green Bay? I'm not saying that I take the owners side or the player side. What I am saying is that Green Bay ownership is the stockholders. Packers elect a team president, Mark Murphy, to represent the shareholders. What if all teams were stockholders and elected a team president to represent shareholders? Would the players have more or less control then they do now? Would we have this fiasco going on?
I am not sure the general discussion about what is going on with any other Packers fans but this is my opinion. I want to see a 16 game schedule. I am not a big fan of the 18 game schedule, especially after seeing Aaron Rodgers go down with a concussion. Injuries will happen, even more now that people are getting bigger and stronger and faster.
Also, I feel that rookies should be on a pay scale. I know that they feel they should be paid, but in return, none of these guys have been tested on the big stage. I say they should be put on a two year deals with team option third year. If you like the guy, you can resign him to how every much you want.
In the 2005 draft, Alex Smith was taken 1st. In the 2006 draft, Vince Young went 3rd and Matt Leinart went 10th. In the 2007 draft, JaMarcus Russell went 1st. Within three years, you had a feeling of how they turned out. Raiders could of saved a lot of money with Russell. Leinart would have left Arizona a long time ago. Three years could of turned out a lot different.
So whats your opinion on the owners, the players, the CBA, and everything else that fell under the umbrella that is now our "lock out destined off season."