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Contracts?
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:25 am
  • I have always been confused why inflated/back-loaded contracts are so popular? Is it really only for the perception of the flashy total of big $$ even though they will only ever see a percentage of that? As a player wouldn't you rather have more realistic numbers with higher guarantees that makes it more difficult to cut you? The Kam situation sucks for the Hawks but it sure seems like the type of situation I would want to be in if I was a player.
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Re: Contracts?
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:03 pm
  • If you play like a superstar and cap keeps increasing then they will keep you at that value - win

    If you play crappy then they won’t keep you but probably were releasing you regardless - tie

    If you play good but not good enough for the value but they don’t want to release you then you renegotiate and leverage it into the extension money - win

    When you get divorced and wife takes you to court for custody money and judge uses the final year as compensatory basis to ex-wife — loss

    So there are some upsides with this structure
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Re: Contracts?
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:45 pm
  • bbsplitter wrote:I have always been confused why inflated/back-loaded contracts are so popular? Is it really only for the perception of the flashy total of big $$ even though they will only ever see a percentage of that? As a player wouldn't you rather have more realistic numbers with higher guarantees that makes it more difficult to cut you? The Kam situation sucks for the Hawks but it sure seems like the type of situation I would want to be in if I was a player.

    It's a tradeoff. Older vets are more likely to only look at the guaranteed portions, while the younger guys hitting their first contract see the potential to earn the entire amount. I forget the player name but there was a long snapper in the league for 15+ years who would always extend his contract when it had one year remaining with inexpensive but fully guaranteed dollars. He was never released as a result when the team was looking to cut payroll.

    Lower guaranteed dollars are good for parity as you don't have franchises tied down to bad decisions for very long. That's why the NFL has so many worst to first and first to worst change-ups every year and it takes a truly special team like the Browns to stay bad for decades despite new management constantly having a mostly clean slate to work with.
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