One of the hardest things for the average fan to comprehend is how NFL contracts work and how they apply to a team’s salary cap. There are many complicated elements, rules, and exceptions that can be hard to sort out. In this series, my goal is to help you better understand how this whole system works, plus what it means to the Green Bay Packers’ current salary cap and contract concerns.
Before reading, make sure to check out the previous article(s) in the series:
Our fourth article focuses on incentives, and although we’re going to use Clay Matthews’ contract as an example, the discussion will be oriented in a more general sense. This is something most people should have a simple understanding of, but there are some details on how these incentives are paid out and applied to the salary cap that might be new knowledge.
When Clay Matthews was drafted by the Packers in 2009, the new CBA and its “rookie salary scale” were not in existence. This allowed agents to negotiate larger contracts, especially for the top draft picks. In order to find some middle ground, teams would work in “incentive” pay to ensure they were getting their money’s worth. Even the top picks are a risk, so teams want to avoid being financially handcuffed to “busts.” Read more... (836 words + 5 images, estimated 3:21 mins reading time)
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Packers Contracts, the Salary Cap, and More – Part 4: Clay Matthews and Incentives
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As NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell has a responsibility to act ethically in bounty scandal suspensions.
We’ve all been following this New Orleans Saints bounty scandal for a while now, and although NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell recently upheld the four player suspensions in their appeal, the fight is far from over. The NFLPA has now filed a lawsuit on behalf of Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove, and Scott Fujita claiming that Goodell violated the labor agreement in the “investigation and arbitration process.” Jonathan Vilma is currently involved in a separate lawsuit against the NFL.
But I want to back up a little bit. When the news was released that Goodell denied the players’ appeals, he wrote a “public” letter to the players involved that outlined the foundations of his decision. Here is some of the text in case you’ve missed it:
Throughout this entire process, including your appeals, and despite repeated invitations and encouragement to do so, none of you has offered any evidence that would warrant reconsideration of your suspensions. Instead, you elected not to participate meaningfully in the appeal process . . .
Although you claimed to have been ‘wrongfully accused with insufficient evidence,’ your lawyers elected not to ask a single question of the principal investigators, both of whom were present at the hearing (as your lawyers had requested); you elected not to testify or to make any substantive statement, written or oral, in support of your appeal; you elected not to call a single witness to support your appeal; and you elected not to introduce a single exhibit addressing the merits of your appeal. Instead, your lawyers raised a series of jurisdictional and procedural objections that generally ignore the CBA, in particular its provisions governing ‘conduct detrimental’ determinations . . . Read more... (2048 words + 1 image, estimated 8:12 mins reading time)
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Monday Morning View: Roger Goodell Has Ethical Responsibility in Bounty Suspensions
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Before you blow my head off in the comments section, hear me out here.
It’s becoming clearer every single day that the NFL and the former NFLPA would rather have a lengthy court battle than to sit down like adults and work out their differences in this lockout.
The owners figure that regardless of how long it takes to get a new collective bargaining agreement done that the fans are sheep and they will come back and continue to spend their money and all will be well again in the NFL world.
Sadly, this is one time the owners are dead right.
A majority of NFL fans are indeed sheep. I would consider myself one of them. We love this sport so much that we are willing to endure a lockout that involves losing everything and gaining nothing. If that isn’t the definition of blind loyalty then I don’t know what is.
Then I got to thinking: we may be approaching this lockout totally backwards and may have to resort to a rather difficult course of action
Instead of sitting biting our nails over whether or not the NFL will have football in 2011, we may just have to stop paying attention to it. As painful and as difficult as that will be, it is something that may be needed if we want this lockout to end before the season falls into serious jeopardy. Read more... (763 words + 1 image, estimated 3:03 mins reading time)
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Fans and the 2011 Season: Time for drastic measures?
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First off, let me get something off my chest: This sucks. This really sucks.
No one wins in a lockout. Not even Charlie Sheen. The players don’t get to play the game they love, the owners don’t cash in on gameday sales, and the fans are resorted to banging their heads into the wall.
No matter where you stand on the matter, we can all agree this lockout is a tragedy. As I mentioned in my phone call to Cheesehead Radio last week, the NFL and what it means to so many people goes way beyond money and could have a negative impact on overall American morale
In a hyper-political climate that is turning friends against each other, we could still all get together on Sunday and root for the same team as fans and clinging to that last thing that binds us together: football. We cease to be Democrats, Republicans and independents and all become Packers fans.
As the world watches Japan crumble, we are stuck watching pampered millionaires debate over how to divide up $9 billion dollars. 31 owners were so fed up they decided, much like a spoiled child not getting their way, to pick up their ball and glove and go home. As for the players, they are so committed to being able to look at the league’s financial records that they demanded 10 years of audited information be provided in hours. That’s not realistic. Read more... (868 words + 1 image, estimated 3:28 mins reading time)