If Stidham crashes and burns, I'd prefer a better draft pick. If Stidham flounders, and he and Newton manage to put up eight or nine wins, it will be the worst possible result in terms of finding a QB for the next decade.
Trying to talk twenty-something year old men out of their sense of invulnerability is hard enough; when they happen to be world-class athletes to boot, the job is impossible. Put that mentality in a wild-west, wide open state like AZ and FL, and Shit Will Happen.
I don't disagree that the players should take into account future earnings and the viability of the game; taking that into account would be a reasonable consideration in formulating a negotiating strategy. But if the owners and players crash while playing a game of chicken over this, make no...
Doesn't have anything to do with them being rich. Has everything to do with them taking responsibility for the financial hit, since they reap the profits of the risk of ownership when things go well.
Players are contract employees. Of course they're going to protect their rights and try to...
Thanks for further illustrating my point. If you're line-drawing principles for following a team or a sport are dependent on the player's performance, they really aren't principles. The faux-outrage is all yours; you're just haggling about the price.
"Drawing the line" at a no-name kicker who might not make it out of camp while giving a pass to the higher profile, ring-delivering players with questionable politics and behavior is a pretty bad look.
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