SUMMARY: Negotiations between the top draft picks and the teams who drafted them has moved slowly this year due, in part, to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Though the rookie pool has increased 5%, contracts can only be prorated over five years for most first-rounders this season instead of six the previous seasons. Those changes could cause contracts to contain less signing bonus money up front, money that will have to be recouped elsewhere in the deal. "Because of that, the signing bonuses are going to be smaller, and you’re having to look at roster bonuses, options and incentives to make that up and to get a fair deal based on last year’s contracts," Agent Bus Cook said. "It’s the structure that has changed. It’s affecting everybody across the board, the players, the clubs and the agents. It’s really going to affect the high first-round picks." What do you think about this article? Post your comments below.