"Let's see, I didn't do much my first two years after I signed my rookie contract with the multi-million dollar signing bonus. Sure am glad I have that bonus in the bank!"
"Hey I had an "All Pro" seaon last year. This contract doesn't compare to the other All Pro receivers. I'm being dissed by the Packers. My buddy T.O. says he agrees & his agent will make it right."
Walker's/Rosenhaus' logic is bizarre. One good season in the middle of a contract isn't justification to demand a new deal. I hope the Packers don't cave like they did with last year with Mike McKenzie. Let the peckerhead sit out for the whole season.
As for the argument that clubs release vets all the time before the end of their contracts, so why should the players feel obligated to honor the contract?: Most of those deals were written with a bonus to jack the salary of the player for the immediate future. The last years of those deals are inflated dollar values to make the agents look cool when the "total package" is announced to the media. I'll bet that most of the players never expect to receive the salaries stated in the last several years of their contract.
<small>[ June 01, 2005, 11:41 PM: Message edited by: Jeff Boettcher ]</small>
What if there were no hypothetical questions?