Re: Vince Could Learn From Mankins
posted at 6/9/2009 5:24 PM EDT
[QUOTE] The Patriots should do all they can to lock up OG Logan Mankins. Look what happened to the OL of the Seattle Seahawks after they lost star OG Steve Hutchinson. Meanwhile, Hutch has gone on to spearhead the fine running game of the Minnesota Vikings, and RB Adrian Peterson. Mankins should be rewarded for his integrity...its' refreshing...especially in view of what Vince Wilfolk is doing: http://www.projo.com/patriots/content/sp_fbn_logan_mankins_09_06-09-09_VBELJU9_v3.3b1e828.html
Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]
I know I don't post here a lot- mainly because of the trolls that ruin so many of the threads. But I do lurk quite a bit and I think you are one of the more intelligent posters on this board. But I think you are way off base on this one.
It really irritates to see people get so incensed at financial matters in sports. I'm not saying that you are- but just in general. It's a business. Period. But especially in the NFL. There is absolutely no loyalty from the teams. Why do the players have an obligation to be loyal? That's absurd. Look at Bronson Arroyo. He took a big hometown discount to stay in Boston and then got traded because he didn't protect himself with a no trade clause. Well, in writing anyway. I have no problem with an athlete squeezing every last dollar they can out of thier playing career. It's kind of annoying when guys say disengenous things like Ty Law's "I gotta feed my family." quote. Or like Pedro, claim it's not about the money and then prove that it is, in fact, only about the money.
But Wilfork? He wants to make as much as possible. What's the problem? As Pats fans you have followed the team for years. Long before Wilfork got here and you will long after he leaves. You have much more of an emotional investment in Patriots football than he does. It's a job. He was drafted to the Pats- through no choice of his own and has played out most of his lengthly rookie contract and greatly outperformed it I might add. For all the guys that take less money to stay somewhere, there are guys that just want to get paid. To a lot of guys (And Wilfork might be one of them) it's not any different to play football in Washington than it is in New England. The check is going to clear either way.
Maybe the way he is handling it is leaving a bad taste in some people's mouths. But what would you have him do? This is the only leverage he has. And he's probably tired of being underpaid. I think 7-8 million for a NT is insane, but some team will pay it.
Would you rather he pull a Curtis Martin? Quietly seeth a being grossly underpaid for years and then bolt for big money the second he gets a chance because he resents the orginizaton?
I think people really need to get over the loyalty thing. There is no loyalty in sports. And guys are going to do whatever it takes to get paid- that doesn't make them bad people.
Wow, that one heck of a rant.
But it's just the way I feel