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More of the trend: Pay your own

Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:55 pm

Taking care of your own.

That's the NFL way now. We had so many veterans signing one-year deals to change teams this summer, while other players got big long-term deals from their own teams, showing that is more and more the preferred trend.

Look at all the big deals that teams ahve given their own players in the past month-and-half. The most recent came Saturday with the news that both Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu agreed to new deals with their respective teams.

The Carolina Panthers have locked up almost all their key young players in the past two months, which is now the way to go. Did they overpay for some? You bet. But they know what they got. They can grow them together.

As for Peterson and Polamalu, both come with risks. Peterson is a back. We know how quickly they fade. Polamalu can't stay on the field.

But their teams know what to expect from them.

As one general manager told me this summer. "There were a lot of guys thinking they would get rich, but they had to settle for one-year deals because teams are keeping their own guys. And if they think it's going to change next year, they better think again."

If you're wondering why this is even more of the wave, take a look at the two Super Bowl teams from 2010.

The Steelers and Packers had rosters loaded with their home-grown players. It's the right way to win.

Take care of your own.  Don't let them out the door.

Remember this motto: One man's trash is usually your trash. There's a reason they let them leave. 

Category: NFL

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 12:05 pm

More of the trend: Pay your own

Kiddsports...only if you started following football in the last 10 years. Tge Steelers were doormats for 40 years, used steroids to become competitive in the 70s fell off the map in the 80s and had a decent team for a couple of years in the 90s. Suddenly they were again competitive in 2004 right before they had to fire the team doctor for buying over 100k worth of HGH on his personal credit card. Enough fir an entire team for 2 years. Yeah, only if you just started watching football, and don't really pay attention.

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 5:12 am

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     I think you're totally wrong. You have to look at the big picture. The NFL 'is'. It ain't going anywhere. People love football and PAY to see it/be a part of it, ya know like, the whole dollar amount the NFL generates from us - the fan. The money should trickle down as faily as possible. Owners/players need to appreciate each other and mostly appreciate us ,the people who pay for it all. Top performing players deserve their cut and teams will continue to pay huge contracts to keep them. $100 mil contracts are just the start, wait ten years and we'll be seeing $200 mil+

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 3:28 am

More of the trend: Pay your own

Whether you like them or not, you sure have to hand it to the Steelers. They are the most consistent, winning franchise in the NFL. You never hear about them having a "rebuilding" year. That's because they never let the team slip to a point of having to start all over. They draft extremely well, they take care of their stars and they don't tolerate a ton of sh*t. Good coaching, good ownership, good fan base. Few teams rival their success. Congrats.

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: September 11, 2011 2:50 am

More of the trend: Pay your own

I don't know if I would expect this trend to continue, even if I were entirely willing to concede that it exists at all. After all, the Eagles made multiple big FA moves this offseason, the Chiefs made significant veteran additions, and the players who were resigned to big deals were uniformly unsurprising. Did anyone think that Arizona wouldn't give Larry Fitzgerald a big contract to keep him in a Cardinals uniform? The size may be surprising, but not the idea. Teams have always wanted to resign their big name players.

But if we assume that more players this year were given contract extensions/renewals than is usual, the most obvious explanation for that would be that, with the lockout, teams don't want to bring in a ton of new guys to learn their system in a month. They'd prefer to bring back veterans of the team, most of whom would push for contracts longer than a year. 

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 8:00 pm

More of the trend: Pay your own

completely agree with this..i think that this is exactly the reason why the ny jets will never win a super bowl, because they aren't able to grow a rapport from player to player in their locker room

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 7:40 pm

More of the trend: Pay your own resigns pete prisco.
I can do a mapquest of Florida, and
it gives me the same amount of insight.
Whether i want to know the best NFL teams,
or how to straighten a block of crooked cheese.
Pete! you ROCK.
Pure gems, each and every week

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 7:20 pm

More of the trend: Pay your own

There needs to be a cap on player salaries.  It has to stop somewhere.  This is ridiculous.  You can't keep handing out money hand over fist and expect the fans to keep footing the bill.  Ticket prices are already too high (and you wonder why games are starting to get blacked out in local markets more often).  Stop the madness.

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