What’s A Contract Worth?

April 22, 2009 |

I am sick and tired of professional athletes, especially football players, acting like their contracts aren’t worth the paper they are written on.  The news out of Philadelphia the past few days involved cornerback Sheldon Brown and his demands for a new contract and then a trade.  In his seven year career he has averaged just two interceptions a season. Maybe I could understand if this guy was any good.  The icing on the cake is that this is only the first year of a four year extension BROWN SIGNED to stay in Philadelphia.

It’s a similar situation with Anquan Boldin in Arizona.  There have been countless instances in recent years of players demanding new contracts and demanding trades because the millions they are already making isn’t enough. It’s one thing to try to work out a new deal behind closed doors, but it’s an embarrassment to the player and team to have this kind of stuff playing out in the media.

In a day and age where everyday people are struggling to keep their jobs, and their homes; I think these guys need a wake-up call.  They seem to forget these same people that are struggling are the ones paying their salaries.  The reason these guys make so much money is because fans (regular people) go to the games, buy the jerseys and hats, and frequent the sponsors’ businesses, etc.  No one should have any sympathy for a millionaire whining and acting like a child because he doesn’t like the contract that pays for his mansion, fancy cars, and extravagant lifestyle.

I have a novel idea for every professional athlete.  Next time you get ready to sign a contract.  Take a long hard look at yourself and ask; am I going to be happy with this commitment.  If you have any doubt, don’t sign it because you’ll just end up looking like an ass.