If you make a lot of money, it's even more so.
That's a poem some NFL players don't want to hear in the next couple of days. But it's exactly what four Baltimore Ravens were told Monday. Those four were tight end Todd Heap (31), running back Willis McGahee (30 in October), wide receiver Derrick Mason (37) and nose tackle Kelly Gregg (34).
Those four will be officially released by the Ravens Thursday, the first day teams can do so, but at least they got a heads-up.
All four were scheduled to have big contracts this season. Some of them could be re-signed to lesser deals if they don't sign somewhere else.
They all play positions where it's time for younger players to play. That's the cruelty of the NFL.
Heap can still play at a high level, and I imagine he will get some action on the market. He would be a nice fit in Arizona or Denver, two teams that need tight ends. He played his college ball at Arizona State, so the Cardinals would make sense.
The Ravens had to trim cap space, and sometimes it's hard to do with name players who have been major contributors. Releasing Heap would seem to be the toughest move since he was a fan favorite and a good guy in the locker room.
Look for more of this around the league.
The NFL is a young man's game. Don't ever forget it.