Re: Is Wes Welker being Foolish?
posted at 9/23/2010 2:35 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Is Wes Welker being Foolish?
[QUOTE]Whether or not he is being foolish isn't it his choice to make? Yes, the NFL is business and players are commodities, and as an independent business man perhaps this is what he feels is in his best interests. Given the current labor situation, with a possible lock out looming, who is to say that he has two or three more seasons at his current rate of pay? Who is to say that he will be payed at all next year or the year after, or what kind of contract he will be working under? Maybe his decision is to earn as much as he can right now as a hedge against future uncertainties. Every business venture contains some risk, and as the stakes increase so do the hazards. Mr. Welker seems to be a reasonably intelligent individual and I believe he has taken these things, as well as others, into consideration. I am sure he would appreciate your concern for his well being. But isn't this, after all a personal decision? Isn't that what is at the heart of our free enterprise system? But what do I know? I'm just a servile Pat's fan and drunk to boot.
Posted by antibody[/QUOTE]
Of course it's his choice to make (just as it was your choice to first make a witty one-liner instead of addressing the content of my post as you have now done - but I digress) and that is at the crux of my question. Is he making the right choice, for the right reasons, at this time? Obviously, Wes thinks so, and yes, he is intelligent in many ways (his reciever IQ is off the charts). But as you made your decision, and then reconsidered it, Wes may live to regret his decision if he suffers a career ending injury.
He will get paid his salary, won't he, no matter how much he plays?
And Wes appears to me to be a very emotional and macho guy, which are traits that make him a great football player. But he also has a fiscal duty to himself and his family to look out for his better financial interests, and he only has to look to how the Krafts have discarded players left and right, like so much debris, to know that his sacrifice will never be appreciated let alone compensated fairly.
It's not my concern for his well being that has any relevance here, it is, as you point out, the risk/reward factor, given his employers history, that would concern me If I were him. That and the potential $20+ million he stands to earn in the next few years by extending his career.