Re: Anyone Else Sick Of Players Complaining About Being Franchised?
posted at 2/13/2011 3:03 PM EST
In Response to Re: Anyone Else Sick Of Players Complaining About Being Franchised?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Anyone Else Sick Of Players Complaining About Being Franchised? : True--but the difference is that NFL players have rare talent that is in great demand. Most employees are a lot easier to replace. In a free country, people with talent should be able to negotiate for a lot of money. CEOs do it all the time. Goodell gets paid between 9 million and 11 million a year. What's wrong with football players doing the same? Actually, as long as there is a CBA, no one (owners or players) is entering into agreements in complete freedom. The CBA governs what they can do and limits what they can do. That's why getting a good CBA is important. One thing the CBA does (to help the owners) is significantly restrict player freedom to negotiate with other employers. In some ways, the CBA helps the owners more than it does the players. Maybe the scariest thing for the owners would be a real free market where players and their representatives could negotiate their own agreements and bargain freely with every team. That's the American way isn't it? They should fulfill their contracts--but the CBA should be designed to prevent it from being possible for players to get locked into long contracts that they signed when they didn't have full freedom to negotiate. Rookie contracts are a prime example. Most of the actual holdouts are from long rookie contracts. Posted by 4Adam13[/QUOTE]
Posted by prolate0spheroid[/QUOTE]
Prolate, I stand corrected. For some reason, I thought Mankins was under the last year of his deal last year. I don't agree with the RFA status either.
Again however, I must disagree with you on the pay. These players are signing contacts whether it is for 3, 4, 5, 6, or whatever years. Because they negotiate and agree to the terms in which they signed, it isn't right for them sit out on their contracts, i.e. Revis. Players are negotiating their salaries. I don't understand why you think they don't. Brady negotiated his This is the whole preface behind executive compensation and changing the way heads of large institutions, especially those receiving bailout dollars, are being paid. If they don't live up to the details of the contracts they sign, they don't get paid. It's called tying compensation into performance and is becoming more popular
I certainly wouldn't label everyone in the league an "in demand rare talent". I look at the very best players and compare them to the best stock brokers, the best consultants, or anyone else who are at the top of their field. What if a stock broker, who signs a contact, ends up feeling as though he should receive larger commissions from the company. He threatens to walk and take his customers with him, even though his contract says his customers are the property of the company. What would happen? It's no different than an NFL player not living up to his contract. They are both legal guidelines under Labor law. And they are entering into it in complete freedom. If they don't like the terms, go play in the CFL. They don't have to agree to the terms and sign the contract. Hypothetically, I want to be a cop for XYZ agency. They operate under a contract. I don't like the terms. I think I should be paid X, have Y for benefits, and Z in other compensation. The contract remains what it is. Whose responsibility is it if I sign it? Sorry Prolate, but I simply don't feel any sympathy for these players who make millions of dollars and agree to the contracts that THEY sign.
Ok, get rid of RFA's. I could live with that. But there has to be a rookie salary cap. There has to be a league salary cap. There has to be draft compensation for people who are traded or walk.