Don't worry about it, I know my fears are irrational.
It was just shocking to see 2 of the top FA pass rushers sign for what I thought was dirt cheap, to a team written in as the paper SB champs for 2013 (before the additions of Avril and Bennett).
Basically if Tom Brady took a "market value" contract, he'd have it backloaded, like most do, and he'd be approaching 40 when his big paydays are expected to hit, at which point Brady would be like Manning last year, but potentially a shit out of luck if he is seriously injured and can't play anymore. GuaRANTEED money is the only important thing in contracts. Joe's contract, after common sense and taxes is taken into equation, will come to 30 million if he's lucky.
Shady people conduct shady business.
But like I said, don't worry about it.
I realize it is a whacky proposition.
Though I still am a bit shocked that those 2 players were obtained for what they were.
Perhaps I was looking at collusion from the wrong side of the fence. Either way, at least I am not the only one that felt weirdness going on:
Aaron Wilson Twitter:
I also think the rookie wage scale is having a big impact and it is too soon to define a clear pattern. We know rookies are now dirt cheap. We know premier players will get paid huge still. But is the the middle-tier and veteran guys that are really getting squeezed these days.Quote:
Lot of agents using C word, collusion, when discussing free agency patterns and trends. Very tough to prove, and it's a buyers' market
Well now we know why Bennett was so cheap.
He has a torn rotator cuff.
And this is backed by agents right now. I recently had a current agent speak at my school. The players got completely screwed. Just look at the contracts we are seeing.
But here is the interesting macro view. The NFL is worried about "player safety" only because of potential lawsuits. However, we all know they want more offense and less defense. Look at all of the rules in the past few years protecting QBs and WRs.
Look at what happened this year in free agency. The only players that got $10M/year on average were either WRs or QBs.
A few years ago DEs and CBs were getting top dollar. Now their market is depressed.
They are devaluing positions that hurt points being scored. They want the league to be point point points, because supposedly that is what sells. Fantasy football in real life.
Even crappy backup QBs are getting better contracts than established DEF players. Who is setting these contract ceilings? Dumervil went from making $12M to $8M to averaging $5.5M. Huh???
Look at why Dal and Wash got punished for their salary cap issues in the uncapped year. They frontloaded contracts (e.g. big $$ up front - aka expensive business).The league - aka the owners - want(ed) the salary cap low so they can continue to fake their "hardships" and teams not being profitable. The same excuses they used during the lock out. Dal and Wash are being punished because they didn't fall in line with the rest of the owners. aka they didn't collude.
So what do we have this year? A relatively flat salary cap, a huge veteran purge (the middle class dropped out re: contract value(s)), veterans getting horrible contracts for little money. But QBs and WRs getting paid still (see Flacco, Mike Wallace, Bowe, etc.).
What a coincidence that the two positions that score points and make those long incredible passes/catches are getting all the $$, while LBs, etc. are getting scraps.
You can think I am off my rocker but this stuff is really being talked about by agents in the industry.
How is it that you don't understand that the cap is a negotiated % of revenue? And that the league actually put rules in place to force teams to spend a large % of the cap, so cheapskates like Mike Brown couldn't just pocket his cut of the shared revenue?
I don't think you're off your rocker; I think you don't have the slightest understanding of the salary cap or NFL contracts in general.
Now Kruger isn't at their level, and certain stars will always get paid. But in general the market is HIGHLY depressed.
Cliff Avril is a young pass rusher in his prime that has almost averaged double digit sacks the past few years. He got 2 years at $7.5M. That doesn't seem strange? You think he would have gotten that 3 years ago? hell he had a better offer just last year form the Lions.
Look him up.
Did you read post 31? From Aaron Wilson:
"Lot of agents using C word, collusion, when discussing free agency patterns and trends. Very tough to prove, and it's a buyers' market"
How do you think Aaron Wilson breaks all of the new he breaks? Telepathy? No. He has contacts.
Boy it is funny the same thing Aaron Wilson posted about collusion being discussed amongst agents is the same thing Tony Agnone was talking about in my class.
Perhaps you can tell us what current agents are thinking about the current free agent market and results of the recently bargained CBA.
From PFT a few days ago:
"Eric Winston thinks it’s “a weird year” to be a free agent...Winston is one of the many free agents finding this offseason that enormous contracts just aren’t on the table."
Gee I wonder what is "weird" about the market?
Gee I wonder why in May 2012 the NFLPA filed a suit alleging owner collusion and “imposing a secret $123 million per-Club salary cap for that uncapped 2010 season.”
Boy that $123M sounds REALLY FAMILIAR!! It just happens to be this year's cap!!