Tuesday, February 26, 2013
"Team Player" My Ass
Three-for-twenty-seven, huh? Nine mil per? For Tom Brady. THE Tom Brady?
That's easily HALF the going-rate for top-tier QB's in this league, and I don't give a shit if you say "but he'll be FORTY" by end of the contract.
So what? 40 is the new 30 in this NFL, where star players are tacitly permitted to gobble HGH under-the-radar in order to return to the field in medically impossible time frames.
Playing QB is getting easier in this league, and Tom Brady doesn't exactly take a pounding back there. Aside from a rebuilt knee (which doesn't seem to give him any problems) and a cranky shoulder at times, he's in near mint condition.
His "software" for playing the position, and the game, is in the top 1% of the 1% to ever play.
He'll be fucking GREAT at 40. Watch. Bet me.
And he won't be playing for a piddling $9 million, when by that time QB salaries could start tickling $30 million a year.
Of course he won't. This deal will be ripped up, re-worked or somehow "wink-winked" as part of a future "Personal Services" deal with the team.
To which you might be saying: "Yeah, so what, Czabe?'
So what? So fucking what?
My team, the Redskins, tried to do something SMART last off-season too, by bulldozing a bunch of awful free-agent salary cap money into the burial pit of the "un-capped" year. And we got HAMMERED for it by this lawless league, and the commish!!!
Where is the NFL now, to come in and say... "Whoa... hold on! We know Brady wants to retire a Patriot. We know his wife makes a lot of money too. We know he wants to give the team cap room to sign an elite deep threat WR like Greg Jennings. But... uh uh. No sir. You can't give the team a fake 50% discount on future years, JUST TO CIRCUMVENT THE SALARY CAP!"
Where are you, Goodell? Oh, that's right. Sitting in Bob Kraft's fucking lap. Never mind.
The NFL and the owners are amazing in how they now try to shame and leverage the BEST PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE, their star faces, the QUARTERBACKS, into taking LESS MONEY for the mythical "good of the team" or the salary cap.
If I were a QB I would simply say: "Hey, managing the cap is on you. I deserve prevailing rates for my talents. Period."
While it's true that in America, you can work for a jillion-dollars-a-year, or build outhouses for the poor for free if you want. And I would agree, Tom Brady is never ever ever going to be hard up for cash.
But this deal is nothing but shameless salary cap manipulation.
And if we're going to have a league of RULES, and if the salary cap is a significant part of managing your team, then by gum if I see Tom Brady playing football at age 39, his paycheck better not add up to one fucking penny more than $9 million even.
/rant = over.