Archive for July, 2011


If you payed any attention to the free agency bonanza yesterday, you realized one thing; the Eagles won this offseason’s Super Bowl and it wasn’t even close. From Asomugha to Young, the amount of talent the Eagles acquired through trades and free agency was almost criminal. When you throw in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie into their already potent pair of corners in Asante Samuel and Nnamdi Asomugha, it doesn’t appear that anyone will be throwing the ball effectively against the Eagles. Or does it? As a Tigers fan (stifle the laughter please) I remember a few years ago  in 2008 when they billed us to be the most offensively potent team since the 1927 “Death Row” Yankees lineup. The only thing truly “offensive” about that team was the 0-7 start to the season, which expectedly ended in disaster. Going back to the Eagles situation, it is pretty easy to win a Super Bowl on paper before any games are played. Somewhere around Week 8 or 9 of the NFL regular season will we see the team start to meld together and play like a cohesive unit. Out of pure potential, both the offense and the defensive sides of the ball look pretty daunting. The tricky part to this whole thing is winning. In baseball, the Yankees buy a team nearly every year, because they have the means to do so, with baseball not having any kind of salary restrictions. If the Eagles don’t win within the next year or so, they are going to be in an extremely precarious financial situation. You can’t just throw money at players like that in the NFL and not have a few consequences.

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The NFL and NBA drafts are two very different events. There are two rounds in the NBA draft, as opposed to the seven of the NFL draft. In addition to the differences with the way the picks are allotted to the teams, there is also a distinct dissimilarity in how much money is handed out on draft day in these two sports. In the NFL, players at the top of the draft are awarded ridiculous amounts of money, which is odd considering that they’ve never played a down in the NFL. Teams often mortgage their futures throwing tens of millions of dollars at 21 year olds. In the 2010 NFL draft when the St. Louis Rams selected Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford with the first pick, he was given a contract that was worth at least $78 million with a max value of $86 million over 6-years. Oh yeah and the day he signed his name to the paper he got $50 million right off the bat. Seems like a wise financial decision right? The year before that, the Detroit Lions had given their draft choice out of Georgia, QB Matt Stafford a 6 year contract worth $72 million, $41.7 million of which having been guaranteed. In the NBA, rookie salaries are not that out of control because they have a wage scale in place that dictates how much money you can give a player based on where you draft them. Personally I think this would be a much better way to go, it would save many teams money and stop teams from throwing all this money at young players. It’s not like the teams want to give NFL rookies this much money either, the agents of these players demand this money otherwise they say that their clients won’t sign. The NFL would be wise to discuss this in their next owners meeting…whenever that is…