Originally Posted by MJA
The NFL draft pay system is absolutely broken (The fact that Gene Upshaw never tried to change it when both the owners and the majority of players wanted to shows how truly inept he was as head of the players association).
However, the Bengals knew full well that the slotting system was standard procedure for paying draftees and that if they didn't want to play the game, they should have traded the pick or signed Smith before 5 and 7 were signed.
Exactly. I'm dumbfounded that anyone would cut the Bungles one iota of slack in this situation. It is clearly a problem of their own making.