Originally posted by Pillbusta:
Originally posted by theduke85:
I have a question. I'm sure this has been brought up and answered many times, but maybe I'm glazing over it.
Could the 49ers legally (i.e. within the confines of NFL rules) have given Brown the $2M he missed out on? I assume they couldn't, because allowing teams to do things like that would probably open up a lot of loopholes and under-the-table payments and things like that. But it seems like the whole thing was an honest mistake; it's not like Brown is some lazy slob that just skipped workouts completely. Just a miscommunication or ignorance.
Throughout the process, it seemed like the 49ers were helpful -- like they were trying to get the issue resolved (iirc, they even gave him a nice bonus at the end of the year). But why would they not just give him the $2M? Was something preventing them from doing so?
Because the 49ers are pinching pennies to pay for the extensions for Kap Aldon and maybe Crab and Iupati. Every penny not spent last year rolls over to this year. The same reason the team just won't give him the full $2 million is the same reason Brown stayed out of our workout program to enroll in his own. The reason is both we and he have to look after our own best interests!
But this doesn't make sense to me. You're saying they're just going to "give" him the money, but in reality they were planning on paying him it all along. Coming into 2013, when Paraag and Trent were budgeting things out, they had $2M set aside for Brown and this bonus. When he missed his workout, this was essentially unexpected
cap room that fell into their lap.
I know what the contract says, and I know what the bonus was contingent upon. But by all accounts, it sounds like this was an honest mistake on Brown's part. It's not like he is a fat slob that just decided not to show up and is now trying to repent because of a mistake he made... sounds like he was just legitimately misinformed / uninformed from his agent. I mean, yeah, Brown should know better. He shouldn't be completely in the dark on his contract and his obligations. But then again, his agent must be a complete hack to let something like this slip through the cracks. It's just a monumental oversight on his part.
All I'm saying is I sympathize with the guy. I don't think he deliberately did anything malicious or devious, so I'm just a little bit surprised that the 49ers didn't demonstrate a little more willingness to bend the rules (especially considering he was a free agent). The $300K was a nice gesture, but a far fry from $2M. I feel we as an organization came off as a little bit unsympathetic, which is why I asked if something was legally preventing us from doing it.
Again, I sympathize because of two main points:
1. Brown missed the workouts because of ignorance, not because of laziness, and,
2. The 49ers were planning on paying him this money anyway.
[ Edited by theduke85 on Mar 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM ]