NFL Labor Talks: The Only Way to Keep It Fair

John TolliverContributor IJune 4, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on as he stands on stage during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The NFL is a billion dollar buisness.  It's buisness is football 24/7 and they are the best at it.  As most fans and reports know the NFL is in a uncapped year as for as contracts and salaries for their thirty two teams.  This should have helped the players who are due better contracts.  It should have also helped the weaker teams get better by adding better players but we have not seen a huge difference in rosters to date.

There is a disturbing rift in contracts in the NFL.  First you have a player(s) that has clearly outplayed his contract but the team does not want to give him a new one because he is "under contract" at market value that is below the players performance.  The second is a player who is performing below standard and is shown the door and the team does not fulfill the players contract or in the most extreme case files a greivenace to recoup moneies paid. 

The question posed to NFL fans is: "Do you feel it is justified to treat the players of the NFL in such a way"?  When the average person goes to work they either know their hourly rate/ salary or commission percentage and goes from their.  The average person has the ability to take their services else where if they feel that they are under paid for the outstanding production they give.  The average person is also entitiled to his pay for work provided until he is released from his duties.

To fix the system two things needs to be put into place.  First there needs to be a "top five" rule for all positions.  This means if the player is in the top five at his position he has to be offered pay equall or better than the top five money earners at his position.  If his team does not want to he can automatically become a free agent with his team receiving no compensation.  This would give the great players in the game the edge they should have because of their production.

The second thing that should happen is a salary cap for under performing rookie contracts.  The rookie can sign a huge contract like we have today but if they are under performing in the third year the team has the right to terminate any remaining years or droped the contract to the league minimum.  This would still give the rookies the gaurntees and huge contracts but if they prove less in the NFL the contracts are cut down in year three.

In the end most fans just want to see great players making great plays for their teams.  These two conditions would give us what we all would love to have on Sundays.  Great football played by the best players in the world.  Let's hope for labor peace in 2010.