So long, February. Good riddance. Hello March. You’re a bit windy for my taste, but apropos for the blogosphere, I suppose.
Potential Free Agents are lining up at the NFL trough about now. Some are hoping to cash in big, and some are just hoping to stay in the league for yet another year. And why not? The money’s pretty damn good!
NFL Minimum Salaries:
Rookie — $480,000
1 Year — $555,000
x-2 Years — $630,000
3 Years — $705,000
4-6 Years — $790,000
7-9 Years — $915,000
10+ Years — $1,015,000.
Of course, money isn’t everything. Especially after you’ve made a bunch of it. As we are witnessing in the ongoing saga of Antonio Brown as he attempts to talk himself out of the league, doing his best to out-T.O. the original T.O.
Apparently, he feels he has been (stop me if you’ve heard this before) disrespected! And with every opening of his yap tool, he is making damn sure that’s exactly what is surely to happen, whether it did before or not.
Pittsburgh, long a model NFL franchise, is sure having trouble pleasing its star players lately. RB Le’Veon Bell sat out all of last year just to get out of Steeler town. It will be interesting to see where these two guys end up and how much money will be associated with acquired respect.
Ex-49er OT Trent Brown also feels disrespected, by the Niners, as he made clear in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. He’s a FA now, and he’ll no doubt say adios to the Patriots and trot off to the highest bidder elsewhere. He’s got his ring and now wants the money. This is one of the reasons why the Niners traded him last year. They weren’t going to pay him what he thinks he’s worth and neither will the Patriots.
Nick Foles is another guy who gets no respect, not that he’s whining about it publicly. Two seasons of stellar work in Philadelphia, plus out dueling Brady in the 4th quarter of the SB, and still nobody really believes in him.
Not that any of this concerns the 49ers, who don’t have anybody good enough to demand more respect.