If you’re a casual sports fan, you may not be aware that NFL players take home a MUCH smaller paycheck than Baseball and NBA guys. In the NBA you’ll have marginal players like Adonal Foyle or Stephon Marbury taking home tens of millions of dollars for basically doing nothing. In Baseball you have guys like Barry Zito with $120 million dollar contracts when they’re playing “decent” ball.
Things like this simply do NOT happen in the NFL, huge contracts for football players are the exception, not the rule. I remember looking over a list of the 50 highest paid athletes a few months ago, and there were no more than 5 NFL players included. Keep in mind the NFL is unquestionably the hugest sport in this country, and rakes in zillions in revenue. Yet their players don’t typically bring much of that money home.
I know that intro was long, but I was checking out a post over at ProFootball Talk today and saw Larry Fitzgerald is set to make over $30 million dollars over the next two seasons. This is unquestionably due to a HUGE error or sheer stupidity from the front office of the Arizona Cardinals. The organization is now stuck between a rock and a hard place.
1. They can bite the bullet, honor the contract, and (overpay) Larry what it says in the contract.
2. They can try and trade Larry to another team, but that team would now have to honor the huge contract.
3. They can release Larry, take a massive cap hit, and receive nothing in return. Larry would then sign with another team for huge money.
4. They can somehow convince Larry it’s in his best interest to sign a contract extension and take less money (why would he?)
So who’s the real winner in this? No… not Larry, he still has to get out there and play football. The winner is former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Angela Nazario, his MILFish baby mama, who happens to have a paternity suit against him right now. Can you imagine the sheer joy coursing through her veins at this very moment?
I hear that she’s in real estate right now, but why even bother continuing her career?…. Work Schmurk baby!. Those child support checks are about to be fatter than Andy Reid.