The two most recent collective bargaining agreements between the NFL and the NFLPA have been both a blessing and a curse for young quarterbacks.
Beyond the fact that rookie passers no longer immediately become the highest-paid players in the league if they are drafted early, there have been huge repercussions for young signal-callers as a result of the structured salary arrangement.
On the positive side of the ledger, since younger quarterbacks are now cost-effective, relatively speaking, teams are now anxious to get them on the field and maximize the relative value they offer at the position. The old school mentality of a rookie quarterback holding a clipboard and “learning by watching” is out the window. They play as early as possible, learning by doing instead, and teams use dollars that were previously allocated to the rookie quarterback’s salary elsewhere.
That has also spurred offensive innovation.