Re: BRIAN WATERS NEEDS TO MAN UP!!!
posted at 9/14/2012 4:42 PM EDT
Sorry, but the very last thing Brian Waters either "has to do", or even should do, is "Man Up."
Here, is everything I've read in several places (including here), RE: The Waters Situation.
2 year deal. Last year and this year. This year, Waters was poised to make 1.4 Mil...which, in and of itself, Is absolutely insane for a Pro Bowl caliber NFL Offensive Guard. And I don't wanna hear it...The pay scale is relative solely towards every other person at his position and in his profession, based on that caliber & quality of play. Pro Bowl OGs in The NFL get 5 mil per...so 1.4 mil is dirt cheap for that level of professional football player talent at this positional spot. Also reported that Waters and BB had set in the initial agreement, that Waters could report late for camp...BOTH years, this and last (which he did). Again, quid pro quo- Waters salary is dirt comparatively, the guy's been playing in the pros for like 2 decades or something just absurd, and he STILL executes a Pro Bowl caliber of play in his skills on the field even now... Even back in Waters KC days, it was reported and well known, just how attached and how much Waters' family trully meant and means to him (he really IS that kind of guy by all statements now and in the past RE: his fam life & attachment).. This was a W-W on both sides. Waters, I'm sure after this span, has made PLENTY of dough, cares about his family trully & deeply, and has the wear of like 18 seasons & toll on his body (i.e. ZERO reason to keep playing...none, verses the flipside of retiring back to Tex with his loving family, while awaiting a potential HOF nod at OG based on his numerous Pro bowls & ALL-Pros).
Now...RIGHT after last season's end, it was recently reported that NE asked him to cut his pay...Making the dirt cheap pro bowl pro football OG amount of Waters' '12-'13 1.4 mil, suddenly NON-guarenteed...and instead contingent on how many starting games he'd get and manage to get (which is simply crazy that this guy would work for even less pay, and now work for non-guarenteed dirt cheap pay on top of this, -i.e. it would be a travesty for him to suit up for 1 more year at an insultingly low rate, now lower and unguarenteed suddenly, and then risk some career life-altering injury for zippo in the end).
NE's still something like 10 mil under cap...so asking this pro bowl guard to suddenly sign off on non-guarenteed bottom of the bottomost rung starting OG salary at the end of last year, was- ahh..."sl#meb#ll-ish." Waters signed prior to leaving Foxboro...and I'm pretty sure that sometime on the flight back to Tex this offseason, it probably dawned on him just how absolutely needlessly insulting this was to him, after he had just given NE a Pro Bowl Season that year (last season). IF NE had done absolutely nothing, Waters undoubtedly would have reported (by every account, a seriously "stand-up" guy). IF NE had thrown some b-s- 300-500k Waters way as some sort of a good-hearted pro bowl bonus, He'd be here this instant.
Sorry, but you're looking at this solely through a Pats Fan perspective, and nothing more... Try seeing this for an instant through Waters' eyes. I also heard that NE could AND would fine him...although I've yet to see any action of this reported within the past 3-4 weeks or so... Waters is being altogether a pretty freaking good sport about this (no media blabber on this slight), and no stone-cold retirement announcement. Right now, he's at the mercy of still being under that 2nd year contract for NE this instant...so the ball's in NE's FO's court (and has been).