Re: Addai "Quit"
posted at 7/27/2012 7:09 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Addai "Quit"
[QUOTE]The word "quit" unfortunately has negative connotations that may be unfair to Addai. If the guy was struggling to keep up and was physically unable to continue the sprints, he may simply have come to the conclusion that this was a job he was no longer able to do and decided to offer his resignation before he collapsed from exhaustion and had to be carted away. That wouldn't make him a "quitter" in the negative sense of the word, just a guy who realized he wasn't up for the job anymore.
Posted by prolate0spheroid[/QUOTE]
Sorry...I'm not buying it. Addai took Bob Kraft's money to sign on with the Patriots. By signing him up, BB showed that he was counting on Addai to perform a role with the team. At the very least, Addai has an obligation to come to camp in shape...ready to accept whatever role that BB had in mind for him.
Do you really think that Addai went up to BB after failing to complete this endurance test...a test that all Patriots' skill players are required to to perform...and told him that he wasn't up to it anymore? Do you really think that Addai is going to hand Bob Kraft back his money?
This was a case where Addai simply showed up out of shape. After the Haynesworth/Ocho experience of last year, BB obviously didn't have the patience for it: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82ad4053/article/joseph-addai-reportedly-quit-on-new-england-patriots
Here are the terms of the Pats' one year deal with Addai, which he signed back in May. It shows that BB was counting on him: Closer look at Addai's 1-year deal
By Mike Reiss
Taking a closer look at the one-year contract signed by running back Joseph Addai, and what it might mean for the Patriots: Base salary:
$725,000 Signing bonus:
$75,000 Workout bonus:
$50,000 Roster bonus:
$300,000 Salary cap charge:
$1.36 million ANALYSIS:
At this time of year, many of the deals signed by veterans are for the minimum. This deal isn't, which could reflect how the Patriots plan for Addai to be on their roster. From the team side, this type of contract is consistent with the offseason approach of offering a modest bonus to attract proven players who can help build better depth.
Addai gets $125,000 up front (signing/workout bonuses) whether he makes the team or not.
Meanwhile, a more significant part of the deal is the roster bonus ($218,750), which sets up a situation where Addai can earn more if he's on the roster and contributing. From the Patriots side, the roster bonus is money they can feel more comfortable paying when knowing for certain that he's on the club.
The feeling here is that Addai will ultimately make the club, and this will turn out to be a good deal for him, but this contract reflects there is a minor level of uncertainty about him making the cut: http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/7895138/new-england-patriots-agree-deal-joseph-addai-source-confirms