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Početno Why NFL Players Can’t Hold Off on the Holdouts

I was watching ESPN the other day — as is common practice — and I got totally sucked in by a debate among Bill Polian http://www.authenticsneworleanssaint...ginn-jr-jersey , Tedy Bruschi, and Adam Schefter. Bruschi and Schefter were going through the NFL’s notable list of 2018 players who are currently holding out for new contracts. They argued in favor of players, like David Johnson and Aaron Donald, who have clearly out performed their rookie contracts. Polian, a Hall of Fame general manager, became almost ornery when broaching the subject. “Everyone who has a contract is obligated to honor that contract. Just because they want a new contract doesn’t mean they should get one. They have a contract to honor. They are not free agents. The CBA allows them to have free agency. They have not yet reached free agency. They do not have a contractual right to abrogate their contracts.”The debate continued as Bruschi intimated that the Rookie Wage Scale, which was implemented in the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, was unfair towards young players who excel early in their careers. Polian countered with little empathy. “Tell them to call their union, D. Smith (DeMaurice Smith). He’s the one that negotiated this agreement. He’s the one that did it. I didn’t do it, Roger Goodall didn’t do it, Rich McKay didn’t do it, nobody on management side did this. D. Smith agreed to it.”Since the CBA was agreed upon in 2011, many up and coming players today weren’t in the league yet and didn’t have a voice or vote on the matter. Bruschi understood this. “These players didn’t. This is their only recourse though,” he offered.Polian remained unmoved. “I’m not arguing with that. What I’m saying is they don’t have a right to do this, they are taking some risk to do this. They are not entitled to get a new contract.” What risks are we talking about here?First, players are fined up to $30,000 a day for missing mandatory team activities like training camp. Teams can choose to void those fines like the LA Rams did for reigning Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. But, usually players are willing to risk a couple hundred thousand bucks if it means they can enter a more lucrative contract earlier in the prime of their career.Donald royally screwed up though Color Rush Patrick Robinson Jersey , or should I say, he got some bad advice from his agent. Because Donald failed to report to the team by the league mandated report date in early August of 2017, he failed to accrue a fourth year of tenure, even though he appeared in 14 games of the 2017 season. What does this mean?If Donald chooses to holdout past August 7 of 2018, he will again fail to accrue a fourth year of tenure no matter how many games he plays this season. That will mean he is not eligible to become a free agent after his fifth year option expires next year. He would only be a restricted free agent which would allow the Rams to match any offer from the open market. Donald, the premier defensive tackle in the league, would not be able to choose his next team when his second contract comes around.There are veteran players like Rob Gronkowski, Julio Jones, and Earl Thomas, who, in my opinion, are acting like little brats by holding out before the completion of their second contracts. I hate it when players agree to a contract and then bitch about how much they are paid when players sign larger contracts after them. The nature of the market is such that a player’s contract sets a new standard for pay at that position going forward. Of course people who sign contracts after you are going to get more. If you keep playing well, you too can negotiate a new third deal to keep the show on the road.A major argument in favor of player holdouts, however, stems from the use of fifth year options on first round picks. Players like Ndamukong Suh who perform well from the beginning are sure to have their fifth year option exercised by their team, after which a franchise tag could be placed on them for three years consecutively. Therefore, it’s possible for an elite first round pick player to never control their own destiny until their ninth year in the league. The average NFL career spans three and a half years, less than the length of drafted rookie contracts.Fifth-year options came into existence with the 2011 CBA following a general uproar from clubs over vast amounts of money being guaranteed to first round picks who had yet to prove themselves. The Sam Bradfords and Jamarcus Russells had NFL executives freaking out over incoming rookie salaries.Polian , himself, was a staunch supporter of a revamped rookie wage scale back in 2010. “We need to change the rookie system because to have, for example, Sam Bradford paid $50 Million in guaranteed money for never having taken a snap in the National Football League is just wrong. That money should go to veteran players who have earned it in the National Football League. That’s a very stark example, but it exists. It’s there, and it needs to be changed.”During negotiations, the players pitched a fifth-year option that would make the fifth-year salary comparative to top veteran, not rookie, contracts. Picks 1-16 would have a fifth-year option of a transition tag formula of the top 10 average salaries at their position.
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