This week has saw a flurry of aging veterans get cut due to the fact that many of their contracts are loaded with ridiculously high base salaries.
If these players don’t want to be out of a job they should start taking a page from Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker James Farrior.
Farrior is clearly past his prime, but he is still with the Steelers for one reason that being he structured his contract in a manner that is friendly to the Steelers.
When Farrior signed a new contract in 2008 his base salaries for 2010 through 2012 is $2.825 million, which is nothing compared to Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher’s base salary of $6.825 million for 2010.
The fact of the matter is that with unrestricted free agency veterans are easily replaceable.
In the end, if a veteran doesn’t want to have to play for a different team than the one he started with he will have to take a pay cut.
Leading up to last week’s National Football League Draft there have been reports of team executives asking some ridiculous questions of potential draft picks.
However, those were nothing compared to this purely idiotic question.
According to Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports, Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland asked former Oklahoma State, and now Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver Dez Bryant if his mother was a prositute.
The questions that are posed to prospects are clearly crossing the line and you can bet soon that National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is going to start cracking down on this as team employees are subject to the Personal Conduct Policy.
In the end, its starting to be clear that with out big brother looking over the shoulder people will do whatever it takes to succeed.
Eight years ago in the 2002 National Football League Draft the Buffalo Bills took offensive tackle Mike Williams fourth overall to be their franchise left tackle.
Williams a few years later turned out to be the biggest bust in Bills history due to his lack of work ethic.
Now, it looks like history may be repeating itself within the Washington Redskins.
Last week the Washington Redskins took offensive tackle Trent Williams fourth overall, but as talented as he is Williams has the same work ethic problems.
Oklahoma stregth and conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt told the Washington Post, via ProFootballTalk.com, “He’s one of those guys, he’s definitely not a gym rat. If he was, there wouldn’t be anybody even close to him.”
A lack of work ethic should have been huge red flags to teams, but for whatever reason the Redskins ignored it.
In the end, Williams better start developing a work ethic or he will find himdelf out of the NFL quick.