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Boldin the Latest in Growing Trend

Posted on: August 20, 2008 12:35 am
Edited on: August 20, 2008 12:37 am

Anquan Boldin announced today that he has asked the Arizona Cardinals to trade him. It seems that the 4 year, $22.5 million deal that he signed just last year is now no longer acceptable by a player of his ilk. A team spokesman for the Cardinals organization stated that there were no immediate plans to trade the now-disgruntled wideout, and there are actually plans to sign him to another contract extension.


I am growing incessantly tired of all of these prima donna athletes (Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher, whom for which I lost a ton of respect after his whining, immediately come to mind) demanding either a contract extension or a trade to a team that will give them one. It's not good enough for them to be happy with the deal that they signed, and the millions upon millions of dollars which they will make over the course of their contract. It has become all about keeping up with the Joneses (or, in Boldin's case, keeping up with the Fitzgeralds) in the No Financial-security League, and something needs to be done before it spirals out of control. Because, if it does, we all know who will end up paying for the constanct contract 'restructuring'. And it certainly won't be the team owner.

Boldin said that his apparent 'need' for a contract extension had no bearing on the fact that his teammate Larry Fitzgerald signed a 4 year, $40 million extension in the offseason. I'm sure it didn't. Just like I'm sure that the fact that the sky isn't blue, or that McDonald's doesn't have an additive in their food (french fries and meat patties in particular) that is addictive and similar to nicotine in cigarettes. The fact of the matter is, Boldin is jealous that Fitzgerald got a much more lucrative deal just a year after his contract signing. My response? Get over it. Either that, or hire a better agent. However, if the 'great' Drew Rosenhaus can't get you a better deal, then maybe you're not worth what you think you are worth.

"I'm a football player. That's about it," is what Boldin's response was when asked what his relationship with coach Ken Whisenhunt currently is. Later, he goes on to say (about how his contract re-negotiation should take place), "honestly, I think it should be completely separated (Whisenhunt should have no say). That's why we have a department that deals with that." Just a few questions ago he said that he was 'just a football player.' I'm sure that most football players don't have the slightest clue as to the inner workings of contract negotiations. That's why they hire agents at a 6%+ of their total contract. If Boldin is so certain as to the fact that he's getting worked over, maybe he should try and negotiate his own deal, and completely leave the best in the business out of it. Granted, I'm certainly not condoning Drew Rosenhaus, as I think that he and Scott Boras are the most conniving, ruthless agents in sports, but he is extremely good at what he does, and he is a wizard at getting the most bang for his players' buck. That, obviously, is his job.

The part of all this that really gets me the most isn't the fact that the players are consistently getting their contracts re-negotiated. It's the fact that the owners are allowing it to happen in the first place. Honestly, if I were a team owner (and this may be one of many reasons I am not), if one of my players started pulling a stunt like this, I would bench him. Without hesitation. If someone is so selfish that he will be willing to publicly demand a trade, disrupt the chemistry of my team, and end up costing me more money in the long and short term, he would be riding the pine so hard he'd get splinters. I have no sympathy for someone that, even at league minimum, makes 10 times the amount of an average American and who is whining that he is not making enough money. Here's a novel idea: play for a one year contract. Every year. Or, better yet, have a strictly incentive-based contract. Yeah. Set a standard for each reception, each TD, every YAC, and give deductions for every missed assignment, every dropped pass, etc. Aw, but you want guaranteed money and a long-term deal, just in case you get injured? You want the team to make a lengthy investment in you and, when they do, complain that they're not making enough of an investment? You don't want to get penalized if you have an 'off' year, or especially if you're a running back, if you completely fall off the charts (that means you, Cedric Benson!)? Then suck up the deal that you get, and don't gripe that you're not making enough bank when someone else gets a better deal later on down the road.

"I'm the guy that does the right things on and off the field," Boldin said. Yep, Anquan, you sure are. You sure are.

Category: NFL

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2008 1:22 pm

Boldin the Latest in Growing Trend

Believe me when I say "your pathetic wage" was more in the 60 Gs vs. 6 Mil. with 10 Mil. upfront. It could be $6000. or $60,000 or $160,000. All three of those salaries are pathetic campared to millions.
These All-Pro type players want market value. You've got to stop comparing you (us) with them. Once you get past that; you'll realize the players and management compare player vs. player. Compounding this is management setting precedents with other players on their own team by re-upping contracts with multiple years left. Then, as in Bolden's case, management told him that they WOULD re-up his. Now, they're not. Besides, it's management that doesn't want 1 yr. contracts. They need multiple years to extend the monies over time; for budget and cap considerations. And management and the NFLPA agree that no player is free to just leave a team and go to another organization. On top of that; these contracts are back-loaded. Meaning more of the players money is suppose to go to him in the last years of the contract. See how none of this should be compared to you (us) !
Lastly, you state the players are taking advantage of the situation. 95% of back loaded monies never gets to the player. Why ? Because it's renegotiated in some form of upfront money or more likely, the player gets hurt or retires or just plain gets cut.
Less than a dozen players have held out, or threatened to hold out, in the past two years. This is far from an epidemic. Start worrying about maintaining or making more money at your job; so you can continue to give management more money next year for their season ticket packages. Be they actual season tickets or the NFL Network.     

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2008 9:25 am

Boldin the Latest in Growing Trend

No, I don't like the player nor the management. That is true. Why should I pick a side? The player signed a contract. Man up and honor the contract. The management needs to put their foot down and say, 'you signed a contract. There will be no re-negotiation of the contract.' That's what happens in the 'real world' where many, many people make a 'pathetic' wage (and I make roughly 60K/year in an area where the average is 22K/year, so I wouldn't consider my wage 'pathetic', it's just not anywhere near what athletes make).

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that athletes should not make the amount of money in which they're making. I believe that professional athletes, like movie stars, deserve what they earn because they are providing a much needed service. It's completely necessary for us as Americans to have a form of escape. And, like I said previously, if someone has that much of an ego problem, then they should sign a 1-year deal. That way they get what they're worth every year. But no player in their right mind would do such a thing, because they want that guaranteed money. In the real world, you can't have it both ways. You can't say, 'yeah, go ahead and sign me for this much,' then even one year later say, 'you know what, I don't feel that the multi-year deal you gave me last year is good enough. We need to renegotiate.' You know what my employer would tell me if I did that? They'd say, 'you contract is a legally binding document. If you don't like what we're paying you, and you feel you should be entitled to more, then try and get that somewhere else. You know where the door is.'

And, since the owners are not saying that, the players are beginning to take advantage of the situation. And it needs to be stopped before it gets completely out of hand.

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2008 8:28 am

Boldin the Latest in Growing Trend

Hey, Mr. Vacillator !

Pick a side. You either don't like the player or the management.

Almost all the players you mentioned, and Boldin in particular, were told in the off season that their "talks on re-upping" WOULD take place before the season starts. It's the management that placates these guys in the off season then 'changes horses in mid-stream'.
And, comparing your pathetic wage and life-style to somebody in sports-as-entertainment, where ego and status have monetary value, is naive.
The players that this is happening to are their team's All-Pro or best players. Seldom the journeyman. They are the exception; not the rule in the league. Whatever these players get helps All the players. If anyone is screwing up team chemistry; it's management and their vacillating ways.  

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