NFL Players: For Love or Money? Part One of Two

April 8, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

This slideshow was inspired by one of my B/R colleagues, Damali Binta-Yael. She posed some interesting questions. Questions she and I agree deserve some answers. You can read the full article here. From her article "Oakland Raiders Who Play Beyond the Love Of Money": "In fact, how do they, [ownership and GMs], set the amount of a contract in the first place? How do they decide that one guy is more valuable than another? What formula is used to determine the amount of a contract given to a player? Is it correlated with their performance or their popularity?" I am not going to be able to answer these questions. I'm not in the board room, the draft day war room, or the negotiation room when these things are decided. What I can do, is use my eye as a former coach and my heart as a fan to answer another question she proposed... "Have you ever gotten the feeling that some of these guys do what it takes to get the job, then after they get the job they "lay back and relax"? Some of them j...

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