Joey 22 said:No he is comparing himself to the UFA market, like Smoot, you know how much Smoot got?
canesfins13 said:We dont trade surtain now we lose him for nothing next year
Frisches13283 said:Only problem is McMichael might end up being more deserving of the franchise tag, and we probably will not have a contract for him by the end of the season.
FinsFanatic said:we wont trade him this year
he plays this year
realizes that Saban is a leader and winner and that Nick will bring us to the promised land in 2-3 years and he wants to be a part of that so doesnt demand as much as market value or does get that and we structure in a way that all sides are happy
caneaddict said:I know you weren't being serious. But, it's humorous how so many fans see a professional player making 'X' dollars and just classify them as rich. All rich people have enough money so a few million shouldn't make a difference, right?
I don't know how much Surtain has made in his career. But let's take a regular guy drafted in the 2nd round. Makes $1m/year for a couple years. After taxes, and the new demand on his wealth (his own new ability to spend as well as friends/family), he has nothing saved. Then he renegotiates and makes $2-4M/year for another 3 years. After taxes, management fees, and cost of living (when you are a well known athlete making millions you must maintain a certain level of luxury), you're maybe left with $500K-$1M assuming a somewhat responsible person (many would actually be in debt at that point in their careers) and living in a $1.5-3M house. Now comes your big pay day. The big time contract you've been working for. You have no idea if you will have a season ending injury tommorrow. If you do, the $500K-$1M won't be enough to maintain your lifestyle for very long (the taxes on your house plus upkeep inches towards $100K/year).
So this contract is what will make or break you financially for the rest of your life. It's probably your last decent contract and you will probably be cut or asked to rework it within 3 years as you get older and the contract numbers start to get higher. Essentially, the signing bonus plus whatever base salary is included during the first 2-3 years is what you can count on. If you get hurt tommorrow or a younger guy outplays you, the team will cut you. There's no love on the part of the team. So why, under these circumstances, would you take any less than the most you can get? If the difference between playing with a Super Bowl contender in a good city and playing for a crappy team in a crappy city is very small (like a couple hundred thousand) then sure you go to the better situation. But if San Fran offers you $1m more than NE, you go to San Fran.