Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Guaranteed Money$$$$

Matt Stafford's $42 million guaranteed on his 6 year $72 million dollar contract is the most money GUARANTEED in a contract in the NFL EVER. Last year's first QB chosen, Matt Ryan was under similar scrutiny with his large contract. The question myself and many of the NFL veterans and NFLPA members ask is, how can they be paid so much when they are unproven and have not played a snap in the NFL yet?

Even if these athletes are amazing and dominate college football like Reggie Bush did, I still do not understand how they are given larger contracts and guaranteed money than veteran pro bowlers of the same position. The NFL and college are completely different games and it is VERY hard to predict athletes that will excel the same way they did in college. This is one of the many reasons why I do not agree with the high rookie salaries that are going on lately, even as a future sports agent.

I believe rookie salaries should be subjective and flexible and should not be slotted like other professional sports. The rates should be variable depending on the market and the type of economy that we are surrounded by.

On the other hand, I think that athletes should get paid a large sum, as they are professionals as well and are under intense pressure not only by their team mates but fans and media as well. Not to mention the fact that athletes always have the possibility of becoming injured and ending their careers permanently whenever they step into their desired arena.

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