View Full Version : Stoking the Vince flames...

04-25-2006, 10:08 AM
From http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm :

"...John McClain of the Houston Chronicle makes the following statement in the paper's Tuesday edition, regarding the pay day that the No. 1 pick might expect to receive:

"Because the new collective bargaining agreement reduced the number of years over which a signing bonus can be prorated, it will be impossible for the top pick to get as much as $22 million guaranteed, compared with the guaranteed $24 million that San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith received last year."

Wrong. ...

...So from where did McClain get the notion that it will be "impossible" to guarantee $22 million to the top pick? Most likely, from the Texans.

McClain's erroneous conclusion likely resulted from his statement that, in 2005, the bonus money paid to Smith was spread over seven years. Given the then-looming uncapped year, however, the limit for proration in 2005 was five years.

And we'll assume that McClain also got this piece of misinformation from the Texans, who are hoping to reduce the demands that running back Reggie Bush is making -- and who are likewise hoping not to appear unreasonable in the eyes of the local fans.

Of course, the misstatement also might have been aimed at Houston-based agent Major Adams, a relatively novice in the business. Maybe, just maybe, the Texans are considering making a last-minute run at quarterback Vince Young, whom Adams represents. And maybe, just maybe, the Texans think that they can pull a Jedi mind trick or two on Adams, in the hopes of getting Young to sign for a lot less than the Texans would have to pay either Bush or Mario Williams."

Speculation, but interesting and annoying at the same time. Thought you all might be interested to see it...

04-25-2006, 10:12 AM
yeah young's agent is a big wild card in this whole process.

04-25-2006, 10:37 AM
Stupid speculation on their part. Especially in assuming that McClain is clued in to the Texans organization. Although it looks like Johnny may have gotten his numbers wrong. No difference. He's been wrong about lots of stuff.

04-25-2006, 11:01 AM
The CBA extension has 6 years as the max contract length for picks #1-16 so the proration time period is same as for Alex Smith's 6 year contract.

04-25-2006, 12:00 PM

Adam Schefter is reporting the same thing as McClain. Check out the second item in the above article. He writes :

"But here's something else to remember. One prominent agent said the deal for the No. 1 pick cannot include any more than $21 million of guaranteed money -- $3 million less than the San Francisco 49ers gave last year to No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith.

The reason for this is that Smith's contract was over six years with an option for a seventh, while the contract for this year's No. 1 pick will be over five years with an option for a sixth. The numbers make it so that an agent will have to be highly creative, brilliant even, and that might not be enough to concoct a scenario under which this year's No. 1 overall pick will be guaranteed as much money as in Smith's six-year, $49.5 million deal. "