From SMY: NFLPA's Smith: Rookie wage scale "is not a player's issue" While at first glance I agree with Smith, would it really hurt him to a t least take a look? In fact, as long as the NFL owners were spending an equal amount of money, wouldn't it benefit a larger portion of the NFLPA by having more money go to other players? In addition it would give Smith a bargaining chip; he could tell Goodell, 'okay, we gave you the rookie wage scale; now you need to give us x.' The other thing I see happening is if the owners suddenly across the board pay the top picks less money, aside from all the rookies holding out, the NFLPA would likely accuse the owners of collusion. Even if the owners do decide to pay the top picks less money and other players more, they are in a no-win situation.