I have been on your side for a while now. For years when people who just want my opinion or value my football knowledge have asked, any discussion of NFL contracts have usually ended in my saying, “These players get screwed all the time.”
I oppose the blanket rule against guaranteed contracts. I don’t like the franchise tag. I generally think the owners abuse labor every time the CBA is on the table for (re)negotiation.
During this labor battle, I am still in your corner. You should fix this relationship with the owners. You should expose their shenanigans. And now, for the first time in my lifetime, you appear to have the leadership and the public good will to do it.
That said, get it right. Not counting the guys who will hold out this year because of the franchise tag, I have defended my last tag-ee.
You have the power to go to the mat with the owners over this. They appear to be headed there anyway, why not fight for something while you’re there?
The franchise tag sucks, but I’m done defending you in the daily water cooler discussions if you don’t fix it. Average citizens don’t protest their government’s actions by refusing to pay taxes. They don’t say I’m not going to work until you lower my tax rate or give me what I want. They VOTE.
Well it’s election day, gentlemen. Go get the system you want, because if you agree to a CBA, that still has the tag, I won’t side with the next Logan Mankins.
The Democratic Fanatic