The Arizona Cardinals waived fullback Charles Scott, which may raise an eyebrow in the NFLPA offices.
Scott was a sixth-round pick by the Eagles, and was traded to the Cardinals earlier this week in exchange for cornerback Jorrick Calvin, who was chosen one spot after the Eagles chose Scott.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Wednesday that the NFLPA was monitoring a pair of trades between the Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams that involved the swapping of late-round draft picks in exchange for conditional draft picks.
These players, fifth-round defensive end Hall Davis and sixth-round tight end Dennis Morris, were perceived to have little chance of making their original team, and the union’s concern is that by trading these players before releasing them, the Rams and Redskins were circumventing Article XVII, Section 4(m) of the collective bargaining agreement.
This little-known clause of the CBA is applicable only in an uncapped year, and requires teams to distribute 85% of the rookie pool money allocated to that player, but went unpaid due to his release, among that team’s rookies, drafted or undrafted, at the end of the season based on playing time. By trading these players, instead of releasing them, the teams may be trying to avoid the distribution of $300,000 amongst their rookies at the end of the 2010 season.
The Rams and Redskins were the big blips on the NFLPA’s radar, especially after Davis was dumped after one practice, but Mortensen noted that the NFLPA was paying attention to the Eagles-Cardinals deal, as well.
The NFLPA is expected to address this issue at the end of the season.