Originally posted by English:
$10million is slapping someone in the face?
And the missed practice. Guy needs to grow up and take responsibility.
I don't know why people seem so fazed by this. First, he didn't miss practice. He chose to do voluntary off-season workouts at a different location. If had realized part of his contracts was doing those workouts at the team facility with team trainers, he would have done so. But chose to workout with trainers at facilities he had used in the past.
And he probably did make the best business decsion for himself. He's not that young, will only get one more big contract, and we gave him a fair contract, but nothing special. He could easily earn something better with a solid year. And between missing out on the 2 mil last year and the likely structuring of a three year deal, he is probably making the most he can in the short run with a guaranteed $3.5 this year, and a new contract next year that will have a new signing bonus, and if he plays well, could easily be longer and more than what we gave him.
If the contact we offered had say, a $1 mil signing bonus, and base pay of say, 2, 2.5, 4.5, or something like that, which isn't improbable, it may have felt like a slap in the face because he didn't really make up for the missing $2 mil, and it was basically a 2 year deal worth 5.5, maybe 6 if the second year is 3. And I'm sure he thinks he can do better than that. He'd have to have a pretty rough year to not be able to sign a contract for at least 2-3 mil next year, so it's a good bet.
Good luck to him. We obvoiusly had a very specific budget for that contract, and he thinks he can do better. I wouldn't call us cheap or unfair, but we didn't make a particularly strong effort to keep him either. More power to him trying to maximize his earning potential while he can.
I don't think either side did anything wrong here. He didn't refuse an offer that should have made him not look elsewhere, nor did we particularly low ball him. But the sides were off by enough that the deal didn't work for either side. It happens.