Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Here is another evil guy in history: Barry Sanders.
In 1989, Barry Sanders signed his contract three days before the start of the regular season, in a prolonged salary dispute, and through his agent was able to get a 5 year, $6.1 million contract. The player drafted in front of him, Tony Manderich, signed a 4 year deal for $4.4 million. Quick math. Who got more?
"But, MadDog, I am so confused. I thought my entire life that Barry Sanders was a good guy. Maybe I was wrong all along. He didn't sign until just before the draft, so he must be evil and greedy. He's just a bad guy."
Sanders donates more than $200,000 dollars directly after signing to help build Paradise Baptist Church in his home town. I guess that doesn't count.
"We must obey the slot system. Otherwise, it will be the fall of western civilization."
Sanders, the number three pick, signs for substantially more than Tony Manderich, the number two.
Just example #45867 in my crushing of the two moronic throughts of the day from people all around the country that have no idea what they are talking about: 1) that players who do not sign and report to camp on time are evil, greedy, divas, heartless, baby-killers; and 2) that the slotting system is followed religiously, without exception, without excuses.
Someone else's turn to make an excuse. Ready, set, go.
LOL I remember when I was a kid I got a Sports Illustrated with Tony Manderich on the cover. What a 'roided joke that guy turned out to be.
One has to admit that this kind of thing just makes the NFL and pro-athletes in general look bad. Whether or not this is how it's been, or this is how it's going to be, it just doesn't look good. I don't care if Sanders did it, or if Singletary did it, or even if Ghandi did it. No matter how one spins it, it's a sad state of affairs. We the fans of the NFL have no one to blame for this but ourselves. We create these ridiculous salaries everytime we buy jerseys, beer at the stadium or whatever.
Fact remains, no rookie should make more than a veteran who has put in his time and proven himself. The whole thing is just a little irritating, that's all.
[ Edited by AXEGRINDER on Aug 6, 2009 at 18:43:10 ]