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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker had some strong words on Friday about how the CBA works when it comes to rookie contracts. According to ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler, Shazier believes that these top draft picks should be able to re-up their deal whenever they want, and shouldn’t have to wait as long as five seasons.

At the end of the day, if you’re playing at that level, you should be able to get that opportunity. At the end of the day, that’s between you and the team. If the team wants to do that, it’s great. … If you play at that level, you should be able to re-up whenever you want to.

The truth is the opportunity does exist. And as Shazier says, it is between the player and the team. But which team is going to be the first one to give a rookie a new contract extension in their third season?

It is interesting that Shazier is talking about this just as the team has picked up his fifth-year option which will set his 2018 salary at $8.7 million. He and the team could and likely will work out a long-term extension prior to that and so he’d only be on his rookie deal for four seasons.

The rub is that a second-round pick can negotiate a new deal one year sooner. So if they play very well could end up earning much more than a player just as good taken a round sooner for two full seasons.

But as Shazier said this was something that was decided on. The next CBA will be negotiated to take effect after the 2020 season. The last time around a new rookie wage scale was agreed upon that set up the system they are using now.

After seeing rookie contracts balloon out of control there’s no way the owners are going to go back to anything close to that again. Using the system to get as much cheap labor as they can out of players taking in the top half of the first round isn’t going to change.

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