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To: george76
Russell is the poster child for why the NFL is ready to throw down a couple of seasons to change the salary structure. As soon as he got a big paycheck he quit trying. Guys like Manning, Brady, Adrian Peterson, etc., play hard because they want to win, so a big contract doesn't slow them down. For others, the game is over as soon as the guaranteed money comes in.

The NFL wants a structured rookie salary cap to prevent these kinds of contracts, although it's obviously the Raiders fault that they placed a bet on a bad risk. On the back side, though, a structured rookie salary cap would dampen all NFL salaries. There's already a tendency to dump an older player and go with a younger guy. If the owners can sign rookies at a lower salary hit and the players can't negotiate until their first contract is out, only a few players will get offered a second contract unless they're willing to work on the cheap. This is where the anti-trust exemption helps the NFL tremendously. They have a cartel which allows them to collude to keep salaries low by refusing to hire players from another team.

On to JaMarcus, when a #1 pick can't get work as a backup project, he's toxic. Russell's only chance at a stable financial life is gone. He could easily end up like Joe Gillam, the Steelers QB that ended up being a street bum.

39 posted on 03/04/2011 8:03:12 AM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Richard Kimball

You forgot that a given percentage of league revenue is guaranteed to go to player salaries.


51 posted on 03/04/2011 9:06:48 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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