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Old 05-16-2004   #11
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Why should they be loyal to a team? They are cut when injured and no longer viable. When they lose a step they are cast out. For the most part the players play for the league. The team they work for is just color. It's like being a part of a large corporation and being transferred to Seattle for work when traded. Loyalty cuts both ways and players don't need to be more loyal than the teams they work for. These guys put their bodies on the line for US FANS to enjoy. The average career is 4 years. Ask Earl Campbell how hard it is to get out of bed. He paid a high price for us to enjoy the NFL. I don't mind the players having some freedom. They are the ones ruining thier bodies for our enjoyment. Since the Owners are not too loyal to the players, so I don't see why the players need to be MORE loyal to the team. The only place I see where "loyalty" come into play is the fan interface.
You paint a much darker picture than what is truly reality. I don't agree with the way you see the NFL at all. These guys aren't ruining their bodies and being cast aside. Some do but that isn't the majority. They choose to play in the NFL. As much as I love Earl Campbell even he said if he could do it different he would go out of bounds more. He used to punish everyone trying to bring him down. I don't see players paying a high price for our enjoyment. I see them doing it for $ and the only high price being their salary.

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The dollar amount is capped. It does not "spiral out of sight". Would you rather we roll the clock back to when the owners kept all the profit and gave the players crumbs? I am JUST FINE, with these guys we watch take their FAIR SHARE of the proceeds. I'd rather see guys like Jamie Sharper and Chester Pitts share in the ENOURMOUS money generated by the NFL than see Bud Adams or Bill Bidwell fatten their pockets to no end.
Every year a player negotiates a new contract and looks at what somebody else got with the same sort of stats and demands the same $ or more. The salary cap only limits what each team can spend on players not what each individual player gets. Ask Peyton Manning, Steve McNair, Champ Baily, Clinton Portis, Aaron Glenn, etc. Fair share as you see it. Owners are supposed to make a profit and I am FINE WITH THAT. Players are just that, players. They deserve to be paid fairly but some of the salaries are just plain outrageous.

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Did you forget we are an expansion team? We did not have a decade of drafts as our core foundation. 5-years is too long....for a mature, established team full of hand picked players as a core group. It takes about 4 years to fill out 22 NFL quality starters, and one NFL quality back up at each position.....from scratch.
Where did you get these numbers? Because it is dependant on the plan and whoever is executing that plan. Draw up a different plan and those numbers change.
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