Most NFL columnists like Peter King are full of shit, but this one column just trumped them all, I think.
Fernando Von Rossum is a football columnist for one of Mexico’s biggest newspapers, as well as part of the broadcast team for football games on Fox Sports Latinoamerica. The guy is stupid as shit, but this stupid column he stupidly published today is the stupidest thing that ever came out his stupid face or his stupid hands.
Thank You Goodell!
That’s the title. Starting strong. But still, I’m not going to FJM the column, just translate it, but I have to make the fair warning that there are plenty of one line paragraphs there.
Dear readers: even with his issues in the past months, comissioner Roger Goodell is unmovable for being able to get the new CBA with a gem for the owners: the “rookie contract”.
In this contract, that every team signs with their new players, which is always 4 years plus an option for a fifth one, the player’s gainings are very low.
This was achieved by the owners during the negotiation of the CBA alleging, not without reason, that a limit was reached regarding the signing of college players, to the degree to which these young players were often making more than established veterans, without having played a minute as pros.
But the pendulum swung the other way, and teams like Seattle that made two or three very good consecutive drafts, transformed into champions or contenders with ridiculously low payrolls. Thats the case for the Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson.
In two if his three years with the team he lead them to the Super Bowl, with a 1-1 record, but as he is still with his first contract, he’ll play the 2015 season with a salary of $1.5 million, around 12 times less than what he should be making.
Wilson hoped that the team rewarded him with a new contract for what was a rumored $20 million, but Seattle is not set on signing and it’s understandable, if they have his services for 1.5, why give him 20?
Obviously Wilson is mad and announced he might try to play in the MLB, where he is part of the Texas Rangers organization, but it’s remote. It’s just negotiation tactics and there are still a few months left for them to get to an agreement.
Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck is in a similar position, he’s also about to start his fourth season and playing for peanuts, while waiting for a bigger contract. That’s why the system is structured that way, with players really making money in their fifth year, where all those who couldn’t make it are already gone, without costing much to the team.
That’s a big reason Goodell still has a job and will one day be in the Hall of Fame. And that’s why his predecesor, Paul Taglibue, the one with the previous CBA, is a forgotten man. For now we make a pause...