Re: Jennings rejected NE?
posted at 3/18/2013 12:35 AM EDT
Football is a game for the fans, it is a business for those involved.
I'm sure many of you have taken job offers in a different company because you thought it was the best decision for your family.
Also, it's more natural for a person to go somewhere where they feel more wanted. I don't know what GB's pitch was, but Minn did more to convince Jennings than NE (from what I know)
Rusty seems to have trouble understading that these guys don't play for free and that this is how they make money for their families. Easier for you as a fan to tell a player to take less money for the "chance at a ring".
Football is a violent sport...Here's a scenario for you!:
Player A has two offers: 2 years, 5 million guaranteed and 4 years and 15 million guaranteed. First offer is from a winning team and the second is from a losing team.
Player A accepts the lesser deal for the best opportunity at a ring. Player A has a serious injury and his career is over. Player A now only has 5 million in the bag, no other skills to acquire a good paying job, and maybe a lot of medical expenses to cover for his injury. Oh, and Player A didn't win the ring because no place can guarantee you a ring.
It's unfortunate, but plenty of these NFL players don't have a great backup plan. Listen to a guy like Chris Johnson speak, do you think he could land himself a high paying job that isn't involved in athletics? You shouldn't condemn a player for going after the money. It's so easy to lose everything on one play (Johnny Knox for example) and these contracts aren't guaranteed.