3 NFL Players Asking for Way Too Much Money
The 2012 NFL season is rapidly approaching and several big-name players have yet to sign contracts. Most are asking for more money that they are worth and as a result negotiations with their teams have gotten ugly.
The following three guys are simply asking for too much money. The kind of contracts they are looking for would cripple their franchises. They need to lower their monetary expectations if they hope to get long-term deals done soon.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees had a phenomenal season in 2011. He broke the league's single-season passing yardage record by racking up 5,476 yards, while completing 71.2 percent of his passes for 46 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Brees now wants a new contract, and was not happy with being marked with the franchise tag by the New Orleans Saints. The two sides have continued negotiating a long-term deal, but according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Brees wants a deal on par with the contract Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos.
The Saints don't have a ton of cap room right now, so Brees needs to understand that if he likes having a good team around him, he'll have to lower his demands. Manning signed a five-year, $96 million contract. That was essentially the same deal the four-time MVP had with the Indianapolis Colts, and that contract almost crippled the Colts' franchise.
Obviously Brees deserves to be paid well, but he's currently demanding too much money if he wants to continue being surrounded by a lot of talent. He'll have to compromise if he wants to keep the team together for the remainder of his career.
Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Wallace is another guy who probably needs a new, long-term contract but his team just can't afford it right now. The Pittsburgh Steelers placed a restricted free agent tender on Wallace, which means he's scheduled to make $2.742 million in 2012.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Steelers are still trying to sign Wallace, but the 25-year-old is looking for a big-time deal like the ones given to Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. While Wallace is an emerging talent at receiver but he's not on par with Johnson and Fitzgerald.
In 2010, Wallace had 60 receptions for 1,257 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last season he hauled in 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight scores. He's a talented kid and is becoming a big-time wideout, but he's not on the level of the NFL's elite playmakers at the position right now.
Wallace certainly needs to be paid more than he's scheduled to get in 2012, but he's not ready to be paid like one of the league's best players yet.
Cliff Avril, Detroit Lions
Cliff Avril had a career-year in 2011, racking up 11 sacks and forcing six fumbles. The Detroit Lions placed the franchise tag on Avril in the offseason, which means he will be paid $10.605 million next year. He has refused to sign his franchise tender and the Lions remain at an impasse over a long-term deal.
I like Avril and think he's a very nice player, but he hasn't earned the kind of money that he's asking for. The Lions would have a very good defensive line without him thanks to the presence of Ndamukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch. In three seasons before 2011 he had just 19 career sacks.
Avril simply isn't worth $10 million per year for four years. He needs to lower his expectations if he expects to get a long-term deal done.