When you see media outlets criticized the Raiders and their offseason spending, it raised a few eyebrows. With abundant cap space, teams need to fill holes. Regardless of what media believes, players need to get paid. With that said, FPC Raiders writers Ray Aspuria and Terrance Biggs discuss how this opinion can shift credence in the source
When you see media blasting players for their NFL jobs, what does that tell you about their opinion?
Shoot first, ask questions after. A player’s value is better determined after their season work. We’ve seen it over the course of time, players outplay their contracts and under perform.
There’s another view that some can say is cynical.
As a coach told me a long way back: All professional athletes are overpaid. They are paid to play a child’s game.
Aren’t we all striving to be overpaid for what we do?
Above, the quote from Will Ferrell sums it up. However, let’s dive deeper into the matter. In the NFL, can a franchise play too much? Within a profession that can end in a second, due to catastrophic injury, whatever pay you receive remains fair. When someone whines about money astounds me. From all of the hard word in college, working for free to finally making a roster, compensation needs to happen.
Let’s look at that college point closer. Imagine playing football for no money. Before you offer up the “tuition is payment” speech, coaches make millions on the backs of the athlete. If there are talented to make the NFL, which money could be considered as back pay? In addition, if you look at the majority of media that proclaim overpay, what do they have in common? In all honesty, it smacks of a bit of envy and ignorance. Athletes receive a salary to play games we played forever. On top of that, a player’s worth is what the market says. If the Raiders say Tyrell Williams’’ worth is seven or eight figures per year, then that is what it is.
In reality, the Raiders, like every other team pay, what they feel is fair market value for talent. As a result, players earned millions. Under those circumstances, no one in media should ever complain about pay.