The Washington Postfirst reported the NFLPA is mulling over the possible bonus and I’m told the story is accurate. Frankly, don’t see why there’s a debate.
Think about what Smith did. The players made out like bandits. They’re going to be splitting $9 billion in revenue, there are better health benefits, and most of all there is labor peace for a decade. Players have jobs, high paying jobs, for a long time. Yes, there was a lockout and yes, there still needs to be HGH testing, the way there is now in baseball (supposedly), but the end result was a deal and lots of cash for his membership.
You don’t think Roger Goodell is going to get some sort of extra money in his pocket for what was an equally solid job? Um, hell yes.
All Smith’s critics ever said about him was that he was headed to politics. He was using the union for some sort of mayoral/gubernatorial/Congressional
/Presidential run. That still may happen but so far it hasn’t. Smith has been nothing but a solid union leader.
Does Smith deserve a $1 million bonus?
Um, hell yes.