One of the primary focuses of the owners during the negotiating process was getting the bloated salaries of unproven rookies under control.
Under the new CBA, the huge deals that had made rookie contracts so expensive have largely been capped with a slotting system.
Every player drafted will be given at least a four-year deal. Players drafted in the first round can be given a five-year deal. Undrafted rookies will get three-year contracts.
The actual economics of the deals also has largely become regulated under the new deal. Players are essentially slotted based on their draft position, with the mininum salary for rookies being $390,000.00 a year.
Gone are the incentive-laden deals that often were the back-breakers that resulted in lengthy holdouts. Agents often successfully created incentive clauses (players receivers X amount for playing in all 16 regular season games, etc.).
The only real negotiating taking place with the new deals will come with the signing bonuses. Generally speaking, teams can give their players as much money up front as a signing bonus as they'd like. However, there is a sliding scale teams and agents use as a guide to keep the third player selected (in this year's case, running back Trent Richardson) from getting more money up front than the first selected, Andrew Luck.
In theory, the new CBA should make the signing of rookie prospects to contracts a much simpler process, greatly reducing the number of players holding out.