Pollard, Ryans, Daniels mentioned in article re. disgruntled players

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  1. Section516

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=chadiha_jeffri&id=4964619

    ...."I'm not watching or listening to anything on that day and I don't care about who ends up where," said Houston Texans strong safety Bernard Pollard, who just finished his fourth season.



    "All I can do is sign the tender I get offered. As for the guys who've been around long enough, they can go out and see what their value is."

    Veterans like Pollard are upset for one major reason: They've played by the rules of the game since they came into the league and now the rules have changed. They've watched friends enter free agency in previous years and reap huge financial benefits....




    ...What people don't understand is that [restricted free agents] don't have any guarantees," Pollard said.

    "We don't get any money up front in these deals and we'll be asked to do all the things we've done before. So if I tear up my ACL in the offseason, I have no security. And I also have to play another year to get back to this same position. Yes, we do love playing this game, but it's also hard work.".....




    ....Agents Harold Lewis and Kevin Omell have clients who understand what Pollard is feeling. ....





    .....And if they're like Pollard, they're all probably wondering how this issue became as complicated as it now appears.

    One thing they all have to agree on is that they're the first real collateral damage in the battle between the owners and players.

    "I'm not a poker player, but if I was, I'd be folding by now," said Pollard, who will be commiserating with at least two other fellow restricted free-agent teammates -- linebacker DeMeco Ryans and tight end Owen Daniels.

    "The owners hold all the cards right now. And we don't have any rights." .....
     
  2. 2slik4u

    2slik4u All Pro

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    UUUGGGHHHH. I can handle disgruntled from Dunta, but not from some of these core players. This is upsetting.
     
  3. Cjeremy635

    Cjeremy635 Overtraining

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    Yeah, I'm going to be very disappointed if we lose Pollard, Ryans, or Daniels. I think each one of those guys brings something extremely important to our team and I don't think it's easily replaced.
     
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    HOU-TEX Ah, Football!

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    I think it's saying he's disgruntled towards the League/non-CBA, not towards the Texans.

    At least that's how I read it.
     
  5. Kaiser Toro

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    Context is key, this story is not local to our players and our FO. It is about the CBA.
     
  6. Ole Miss Texan

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    Exactly, this is how it is everywhere. I feel their frustration but the good thing is that pretty much every player on every other team feels the same way. They're upset at the situation (CBA) not their respective teams... well for the most part
     
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    eriadoc Texan-American

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    He's right.
     
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    Again, they have their union to represent their rights and issues, for better or worse.

    I wonder how screwed up the owners offer to the players union is, or if the union is playing hard ball... either way we as fans suffer, and right now the players too it seems.

    I hope they get that damn CBA done ASAP!...
     


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    Thorn Dirty Old Man

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    This part of football just really sucks. It really does. I hate listening to folks publicly quibble over millions of dollars. Sorry, but it just rubs me the wrong way.

    I do hope Pollard, Ryans and OD are all signed and made happy, I'm just getting real tired of listening to it.
     
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    This^^^^^^^^^
     
  11. 2slik4u

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    agreed.
     
  12. badboy

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    Mr. Pollard, how many teams offered you a contract before Texans? Yep, that is what I thought. Some posters criticised Smith for waiting as long as he did to sign you. You got fired, set by the telephone for a while and Texans took a chance. It worked out well for both of you and you will probably get offer that doubles your salary. Shut up and play.
     
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    IMO, you are totally off base with this narrative based on the article.
     
  14. Yankee_In_TX

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    I agree - everyone is pissed off about the new rules from lack of a CBA.

    They don't like how the owners are playing by the 'new' rules and are upset because players in their situations had it 'easy' the last what, 10 or 15 years?

    *shrugs*

    I feel for them, but I don't....
     
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    I heard that dipshit on 790 (which one, right? The really stoopid one) saying the Vikings "could put a poison pill into #59's offer saying if he plays 9 reg season games in Texas he gets a big bonus. They could screw the Texans because they play the Cowboys this year."

    Think some soccer/softball fan with below average sports knowledge told him the Cowboys play here?

    They don't have Gene Upshaw to kick aorund anymore.
     
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    Me too. But the big thing to me is how it goes in the NFL. In the blink of an eye it can be over so it makes sense to me that they are so focused on getting as much as they possibly can. So I feel for them, but I don't.
     
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    How? He is disgruntled because the union he pays negotiated the CBA. He lost his job and got another one after no one else wanted him. He will probably more than double his income. So instead of being very rich, he will be just rich. I like the guy and he played well for us for one year. Does he have the right to be disgruntled yes. Do I want to hear it , no. He did nothing to clarify whom he was disgruntled at so he leave it open or interpretation. He should have added" Thank you Mr. McNair for having faith in me. I appreciate the huge raise and will do everything to make you and the fans proud of me."
     
  18. Dutchrudder

    Dutchrudder COOL BEANS!

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    Pollard just got a 2.5 million dollar raise. He's the only one of the three that shouldn't be whining.

    Ryans should be getting a hefty raise IMHO. He earned it last year, but we just have to wait and see if the front office thinks he deserves it.
     
  19. HuttoKarl

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    Then we take their draft picks and find another ILB. Life goes on...it'd suck, but we still pay taxes.

    I guess I'm not seeing the dude's logic...is he saying the Vikings would take DeMeco because the Cowboys play us this year? It'd make more sense for Minny to want Dallas to lose, as the playoff picture would have more to do with Dallas losing, from Minny's perspective.
     
  20. False Start

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    I heard that too, that was the Mighty Dooche.... I mean Gwinn.

    I am starting to get irritated with this whole Demeco thing, pay the guy dammit! :pissed:
     

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