Rumors and reports are swirling around the internet that Quarterback Cam Newton is soon to be the next member of the $100 Million NFL Players Club. That illustrious list includes some of the greatest hits and misses in sports contracts. My personal favorite is Albert Haynesworth. Boy howdy, what a bone-headed deal that one was.
And bad contracts is exactly what I want to focus on. Because, I wish I could get one.
So, let’s say your favorite greek yogurt spokesman signs a deal worth over $100 million in guaranteed money. That’s huge because it is a chunk of cash that is not going toward any other player or position on the team. Well, duh. There’s that pesky salary cap thingy keeping the poor NFL Owner down.
This is also strange because Cam Newton, while a competent quarterback, lacks the follow through to push deeper into the playoffs and get hardware. Physically he’s a beast. But he’s always faulted right a the most crucial point. Although he’s likely to improve over time, football remains a team-based sport and without quality surrounding key players, success is likely to elude Mr. Newtown and the Carolina faithful.
Sad. But also strange, because there are other proven quarterbacks in the league (Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson) with more consistent performance and the hardware but have not yet received the payday success theoretically brings.
Give me $10 million in small unmarked bills in a large black duffle bag. Take the $90 million left over and buy some linemen and with a running back that can block and catch an outlet pass in the flat. Sign them all to three-year deals and let the chemistry develop. Hardware is more likely with a whole football team than worth only one guy taking the snaps. And yes, you can find quality at those prices. You and I both know it because we search for it every day we research our lineups. We all know the key positions and players with certain skills that shine.
But that deal isn’t sexy and doesn’t get headlines nor attention. So it’s not going to happen.
Till next time, I’ll take the deal any day of the week and twice on gameday.