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Time to change the system

Posted on: July 30, 2010 10:59 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 11:16 pm
 



And this, folks, is why the NFL needs a rookie salary-cap.

Fifty-million in guaranteed money for a guy who hasn't taken a snap? Are you kidding me? If I'm Tom Brady and Peyton Manning I'm taking notes. Brady won three Super Bowls and played in four, and you know what he's pulling down? Yep, a lot less than Sam Bradord. Something like $6 million in base pay this year, which makes absolutely no sense.

But if I'm Brady's agent, I welcome this news as leverage. Brady's value just went up, just as Peyton Manning's value just went up. Sam Bradford? He didn't get this money because of anything he did. He got this money because of what the St. Louis Rams did, which is make him the first pick in the draft.

This is the cost -- and, yeah, I mean that literally -- of finishing last and having to draft a quarterback.  It's also the best reason to overhaul the system and bring on a rookie salary cap.

Brady and Manning aren't the only veterans who should be insulted. Anyone who played in this league and played effectively should be insulted. Experience should count for something, and, sometimes, it does. Only it counts for more if you're a high draft pick, and, nothing against Sam Bradford, but that must change.

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:28 am
 

Time to change the system

News flash.  The NFL makes the most money from TV revenue.  Just by watching a game you pay their salaries.
Nevermind if you order NFL Sunday Ticket or NFL RedZone.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:00 pm
 

Time to change the system

Funny, it's capitalism for the teams and socialism for the fans - they have to publically subsidize teams and stadiums so these dumbasses can make millions.

As Americans, we're awfully stupid.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2010 7:43 pm
 

Time to change the system

Hold on for one minute here. Is Obama involved in this? Last I ckecked we are a capitalistic society, not socialistic?



Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2010 7:08 pm
 

Time to change the system

While I agree with the the main point of your post anyone who hauls in $50 mil is far from an idiot. I would like to be so stupid.



Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2010 5:52 pm
 

Time to change the system

Hey buddy, before you critisise someone else's grammar, learn to structure a sentence and the proper use of contractions as well! "Don't" be a Putz!



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2010 12:34 pm
 

Time to change the system

What they should do is sign them to the rookie minimum and say a million signing bonus with a the

Guaranteed money coming if they are starters after 3 years,




Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2010 12:29 pm
 

Time to change the system

Bradford will end up being just another back up QB that plays for 10 years and occassionally get a starting job.  Tim Tebow is going to the only Hall of Fame QB that came out of this group. 




Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:50 am
 

Time to change the system

Moreover: in any genuinely free labor market, entry-level candidates ALWAYS do better than their older, proven compatriots did in their day.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:48 am
 

Time to change the system

The problem is at the other end: because players don't achieve genuine agency once they've accomplished something (as per the NBA and MLB), they're underpaid once their true value is in fact established.  So when they have leverage coming in, they have to exercise it, getting "paid forward," so to speak.  If the NFL wantst to rebalance payment in the terms you outline, they need to allow players freedom to sell their labor at proven market prices.



Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:18 am
 

Time to change the system

Do you care?  You should!  Buying any NFL ticket is paying part of that BIG salary!


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