awwchrist wrote:Several years? It was 3. Let's not blow things out of proportion.
Additionally, every year he maintained an offseason physical regiment so that he knew he'd have leverage during his hold outs AND be ready to contribute once the season started. Every year it was "I'm ready to play, all you gotta do is sign the line". He was never not in shape. There's his work ethic. Even though he knew we weren't budging, he's still putting up iron.
So your idea of running a franchise is to not pay, instead dangle the incentive carrots in front of them for an undetermined amount of time, meanwhile avoiding the supposed complatency of a newly contracted player?
Three years is several.
It's not that he's out of shape, more or less, it's that he will have to put that much more work in before the season begins. That's an additional 2 or 3 months of football work, not "offseason work" including preseason games.
Additionally, I would think that the guy who turned down multiple long term contract offers, and who finally accepts a long term deal with the team who has franchised him for the past several years, may feel that he has earned his money and not play as hard as the guy who doesn't have any contract in place for next season.
Every year he is tagged as the franchise player, Walter Jones was making 10% more than he made the year before, not just the top5 average of his position. (figure may be wrong but I believe it's 10 or 15%). Why would the guy sign a long term deal other than to show that he's happy with the money he's going to make and to feel secure in his job. What incentive is there for him to play if money is no longer an issue for the next several seasons? Don't tell me the guy who had to be franchised for 3 years running is a "team" player. A guy that's franchised 3 years running is a businessman for hire... I wouldn't be so quick to pay your mercenaries up front, that's all.