JEFF Lurie will make the Eagles look like a total dumb-asses if he gives a 20 million dollar contract to a Quarterback who has never been above .500 as a starter, and who has only been a .500 starter once (when he was a rookie). Given Tom Brady‘s 2016 cap figure of 15M, and 2017 cap figure of 16M, you have to wonder what the point is in offering Sam Bradford a dime over the 13M he made last season. If anything, Bradford deserves a massive pay cut.
In real terms, what Bradford makes is none of my or your business. Generally I’m all for a guy making as much as he can. However, handsomely rewarding Bradford for being a first round bust, sends all the wrong messages. Not only that but it sends them to every level of football.
How do you tell this years crop of rookies to strive for excellence as a pro, when years of mediocrity will get players top dollar? How do you tell current NFL players that being paid less for more results isn’t a sign of disrespect? How do you continue to tell fans that you couldn’t re-sign Player X, because you had to overpay Player Y? How do you tell college and high school players that playing in the NFL is a privilege when they watch a guy shit the bed year after year, with excuse after excuse, only to not only keep a career, but start and then be grossly overpaid for underachieving?
The answer is that you can’t.
Sam Bradford’s upcoming contract will invalidate anything, any coach has ever said, to any group of players taking a knee before him. Bradford is to results oriented rewards, what Tom Brady is to good sportsmanship.
Look, some idiot is going to sign Bradford to a boatload of money. That part cannot be stopped or stemmed. As a fan, all I can do is hope that we aren’t those total dumb-asses.