Friday, June 10, 2005

Part of the Minority

Give me my money!
You all might call me crazy for this, but I see nothing wrong with what Terrell Owens is trying to do to the Philadelphia Eagles. Unlike MLB and the NBA, the player contracts in the NFL are totally slanted in the favor of the team. Any action taken by a player has to be considered with those differences in mind.

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Christian Burby said...

In the NBA or MLB, if a player were to suffer from a severe case of “diminishing skills”, the team itself must bear the risk in this because they are required to fulfill the terms of the player's contract. You can’t just cut the player because he is no longer the player that he was when the deal was originally signed. Similar to contracts in MLB and the NBA, the NFL contracts are structured such that they are heavily backloaded, so the players will be getting paid their highest salaries in the later years of their contract. However, unlike the NBA and MLB, the contracts in the NFL can, and always will be, renegotiated. This means that a $100 million contract is only worth as much as what is guaranteed to the player in the contract. That’s why we see such ridiculous signing bonuses in the NFL.

Now back to the T.O. subject ... It just doesn’t make sense to me that this guy is vilified by the media and ostracized by his teammates for standing up to the NFL’s labor practices. I realize that he just signed a huge contract last off-season, but if he truly believes that he has outplayed his contract, then he has every right to attempt to re-negotiate his current deal. Had he not performed up to the level expected by the Eagles front office, the situation could very well be reversed and this would be a non-issue with the media and the fans. I think we have to get past the idea that these players make so much money as it is, and all they do is play sports for a living. If the money was not there for the taking, these players would not receive the hefty salaries that they do. If you have a problem with the money these players make, then choose not to support the NFL.

My feelings towards NBA and MLB players that attempt to force their teams into re-negotiating their deals are much different. In both the NBA and MLB, the risks inherent in these long term contracts are shouldered by both the player as well as the team. If a player outperforms his current contract, the team makes out well because they don’t have to pay the player his market value. However, if a player does not perform up to the level of his contract (Jason Giambi, Ken Griffey Jr.), the team ends up on the losing end because they are superstar dollars for a player that is no longer a superstar. If either Griffey or Giambi were NFL players, they would have been cut by their respective teams years ago. Since they were fortunate enough to be MLB players, they can continue raking in the big bucks while rotting away in mediocrity, or below mediocrity in the case of Giambi.

Adam Hoff said...

Well said. Anyone defending the team side of things when it comes to contract disputes should just remember the fate of Troy Brown. The guy switched over to play defense and help the Patriots win the Super Bowl. So they cut him and make him re-sign for just over the league minimum. New England is considered the premier franchise in the NFL and they have no problem cutting the hear and soul of their team. Nice. TO's contract is a sham and everyone knows it. I don't blame him at all for trying to move that money around to ensure that he actually gets it.

Anonymous said...

NFL players are babies.