Prior to the draft, I published an article that discussed, among other things, nine recommendations from OverTheCap regarding changes that should be included in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Since that time, OTC has published one more suggestion: increasing minimum salaries.
The majority of the NFL are not star players. At the end of last season, roughly 60% of the players under contract were playing on minimum salaries with minor bonuses. If the players ever want to potentially stage a strike or play hardball with the owners there has to be something for the small guy who constitutes the majority of the league and the biggest thing that can be given to them is a major pay raise with their base salaries.