I Need a New Contract.... Have You Seen Gas Prices!

casey manciniCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2008

I want a new contract too! I am tired of my salary! I did sign a contract with my employer, but I am not happy anymore. I guess I should read that thing, maybe see if I can get a new deal. If they say no, I could hold out and not show up to work. I wonder how that would go over. I would probably be looking for a new job to say the least.

Its got me wondering what is going on in sports today? Everybody wants to renegotiate they're contracts prematurely it seems. Its really is getting quite ridiculous when players are under contract and holding out, and complainingabout millions. Are they frogetting what they get to do, play a gamefor millions of dollars. Are they forgetting that this is they're job. If they were not happy with the contracts they currently have, why are they signing these deals.

RB Steven Jackson's Rams went an unimpressive 3-12. His numbers were good but signifiicantly down from his 2006 season. Though Jackson did suffer an injury causing him to miss 4 games, but  ultimately would it have mattered. Does he really deserve a new contract? He is in the last year of a five year $7 million dollar deal, with over a million dollars in incentive's. though he has rushed for over 1000 yards 3 straight seasons, I don't think that he will get what he deserves right now. How about play out this year. Have another great year maybe even a career year, and maybe test free agency. Jackson has decided to hold out thus far has not reported to practice.

WR Chad Johnson's Bengals went 7-9 and missed the post season. A distraction in every sense of the word. Even worse he down talks your teammate's and the organization publicly, even demand a trade. Not to mention TJ Houshmandzadeh's stats are nearly the same as his, better in some areas. Does he really deserve a new contract? On April 20th, 2006, Johnson signed a contract extension. The deal, which pays Johnson an additional $35.5 million, will last up to 2011. Just obscene isn't it.

Eagles RB Brian Westbrook has most recently stated that he wants a contract a la LT's 60 million dollar deal. While Westbrooks 29, and basically 100 in Running back years has numbers that rival LT's, yet the Eagles were 8-8 and did not make the playoffs. While the chargers went 11-5, and clinched they're division. Does he really deserve a new contract? Westbrook currently is in the middle of a 5 year 25 million dollar contract.

Giants WR Plaxico Burress, Who was not only a key reason why the Giants made it to Super Bowl XLII, but caught the winning TD. Even though he is more deserving he still should just do his job, and play football. signed the free agent wide receiver to a six-year, $25 million contract The deal included $8.25 million in guaranteed bonuses, an initial signing bonus of $5 million. Maybe he is a little more justified, but still he is barely half way through his existing contract.

Just for fun, lets go back to one of the most jackass-ed moments in sports history for a second. Latrell Sprewell, who was making more than he was worth anyway in Minnesota turned down a 3 year, 21 million dollar offer from the Timberwolves during the 2004-2005 season using the famous quote, “I’ve got a family to feed”. He was making $14.6 million a year at the time, and was simply insulted by the mere pennies he was being offered by his current team. Fortunately in this case Minnesota called his bluff and well who knows where Spre is today, but I bet 7 mil a year sounds good now, right.

Its puzzling why these things are made public anyway. I mean isnt employee salary usually a confidential matter anyway. Its against policy for employees discuss salary in most businesses right. Why should sports be any different.

At the end of the day they are still making millions of dollars, not to mention many of these guys that want new contracts are also making millions in  endorsement's. So what are they complaining about? fulfill your contract then make a new deal like everyone else. The last thing the fans want to hear is pro athletes whining about the millions more they deserve. Bottom line do your job, play out your contract. Then you negotiate.


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