What a doooosh.
Why are you playing football, jerk? Obviously not for love of the game. Obviously not because you want to be the best or win championships. If I were the Niners I wouldn't even want this feck on my team.
What does the love of the game have to do with with getting your contract right. We beeyatch at players for taking a deal and then holding out when they complain it's unfair. I rather have a player stand his ground and get his contract right and play without any contract disputes.
He is not going back into the draft. This isn't the 1960's where a player can decide to go back into the draft. In todays game, 1 year off is a killer to YOUNG players. Mike Vick now....that's another case.
Get his contract right?
He was drafted as #10 and is asking to be paid like a top 5.
In a rookie salary situation that is WAY overinflated anyway.
Again, I am not saying he is entitled to more money. I'm simply saying that I rather it gets taken care of upfront than him coming out of nowhere in 2011 and bitching to the media that he doesn't make enough. How many players do you see bitching in the middle of a contact about not making enough money. We always say, " They signed a contract, they should play it out"
He is a diva but I rather he be a diva when he is entitled to negotiate his contract than blindsiding the team
There is no winning position for teams when it comes to rookie contracts because the contracts are insane.
Teams pony up huge piles of dough to players in the 1st round...and year after year we comment on how many of them wind up as busts.
But they all walk away set for life.
Hell, I can suck that bad too, where are MY millions?
Then you have the guys who overachieve - the third and fourth rounders who come alive in year 3 of their rookie deal.
They start whining because after ONE season of great numbers, they aren't making money like the elites.
So they hold out and make all sorts of ruckus...and half of them fizzle after getting big contracts (Javon Walker?).
Where does any of this make sense?
Rookies should be paid a flat wage - determined by the NFL - for the first 2 years of their careers.
After which, they would be restricted Free agents.
No more millions for the #1 guy.
Maybe 1 million for #1, and reduce it by $10,000 for each player subsequently picked throughout the first round.
That puts #32 at $690,000.
Not bad for playing a GAME.
Everyone else gets rookie wages - whatever that is - for the same 2 year period, with the same restricted Free Agency tag.
As an added incentive, each player DRAFTED gets a $100,000 bonus if they make the roster, and $50,000 if they don't.
See, that's after thinking about it for 15 minutes.
It isn't hard to fix - and it stops ALL the problems cold.
Of course, that means they'll never do it.