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« on: May 21, 2008 at 00:36 »

Wow, this rookie spending is outta control.  Somethings gotta be done with a new CBA.  No one's gonna want a 1st rd draft pick if this keeps up.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08142/883439-66.stm



NFL Notebook: QB Ryan agrees to deal with Falcons
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Associated Press
Matt Ryan signed a $72 million, six-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons yesterday.
Ryan, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft last month out of Boston College, is guaranteed $34.75 million. His guaranteed money is $4.75 million more than that given to Jake Long, the No. 1 overall choice who also is represented by agent Tom Condon.

Ryan worked behind quarterbacks Chris Redman, the projected starter, and Joey Harrington at his first minicamp with the team this month.

Ryan, 6 feet 5, ranked third in the nation with his school-record 4,507 yards passing in 2007 and was the first quarterback taken in the draft.

Redman, Harrington and the since released Byron Leftwich shared the starting job last season as Michael Vick began serving a 23-month prison sentence after he confessed to bankrolling a dogfighting ring. Vick has been suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
 
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2008 at 00:40 »

What's Ben contract look like in comparison?

eight-year contract, $102 million, including $36 million guaranteed.

....compared to a rook.  Ryan's not worried about gas prices anytime soon.
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2008 at 01:39 »

As much as it pains me to say, seeing the terms of that contract, I agree with the owners for opting out of the CBA.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2008 at 08:12 »

And what about the extension that one-game-starting Barber got in Dallas?  You think FWP ain't eying that contract then looking over his shoulder at Mendenhall?

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Barber, a restricted free agent, received a $45 million, seven-year contract that includes $16 million in guaranteed bonuses. It's worth $21 million over the first three years.

 
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2008 at 09:33 »

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As much as it pains me to say, seeing the terms of that contract, I agree with the owners for opting out of the CBA.
Guaranteed that these kinds of rookie deals played a big part in their decision.
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2008 at 09:50 »

I agree, that is pure stupidity to guarentee that kind of coin to guys who have never played a down.  Ryan could be the next Big Ben; but he could also be the next Ken OBrien, Ryan Leaf, JP Losman, et al.

As for FWP, I think that everyone has to take any Dallas contract with a grain of salt.  They are a monumentally stupid organization with an owner who thinks he can just buy his way out of anything.  Willie's agent better remind him that this ain't Dallas.
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2008 at 10:01 »

FWP did SING a VERY Steeler friendly deal.

The Matt Ryan deal is just obnoxious.
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2008 at 10:44 »

Think about this from the Falcons management perspective.  You have had everything imaginable go wrong with your franchise for two years running.  You are playing to fewer and fewer people, you gotta make some kind of statement to your fanbase.  

It's like if your girl finds out you've cheated; you better get ready to open your wallet for a new dress and an expensive dinner if you hope she doesn't walk.  Come to think of it, you can extend that analogy to the Pats and their fans too.  They also caught their franchise cheating. Oddly, they not only didn't get made, they rolled over and took it and asked for more.  They are the Debbie Clemenses of the football world.

It's still a bad deal for the team, just trying to see the logic.
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2008 at 11:22 »

I just hope Joe Flacco is the new Kyle Bowler.
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2008 at 21:23 »

Sounds like even the players understand is no good for the game.  

Whether Upshaw understands or not is another matter.  He has no interest nearer or dearer than proving he isn't the owners' lackey, regardless of the wishes of his constituency.
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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2008 at 08:16 »

One of the few things that the NBA gets rigtht is the rookie salary scale.  I'd like to see the NFL go to that.
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« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2008 at 08:58 »

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One of the few things that the NBA gets rigtht is the rookie salary scale. I'd like to see the NFL go to that.

No doubt.  Honestly, if I was a vet who had been busting my balls for 5, 10, 15 years, getting shot up with cortizone just so I could walk on Monday morning, I'd be pissed at these punks who are getting paid for having done nothing.  
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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2008 at 09:29 »

Yesterday or the day before I actualy had 3.2 minutes on my hands (kids and school is ridiculously ridiculous right now) so I was checking out ESPN.  The anchor was asking Flipper about the Ryan deal.  Flipper said something to the effect of "you can't overpay a QB since that is the core of the offense".  That's the dumbest crap I've heard in a while.

Good point about the NBA rookie contract cap.  Maybe they'll consider something like that.

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