Let's get this out of the way immediately.
I'm not trying to disparage Karlos Dansby. As a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, I'm actually quite familiar with the Arizona Cardinals linebacker, as far as his exploits and excellence on the field are concerned. And he is excellent—quite deserving of accolades he doesn't have because he plays in National Football League purgatory (until recently).
But, I'm trying to make a point in the wake of the Redbirds' announcement that they will franchise the player for the second consecutive year.
According to Dansby, he's "kind of disappointed" the two sides couldn't come to an agreement on a long-term deal.
Presumably, the former Auburn Tiger wanted something in Terrell Suggs' neighborhood—calling it the high-rent district doesn't seem to do Suggs's new contract justice since it pays the Baltimore Raven an average of $10.5 million for six years.
Additionally, the richest deal for a linebacker in NFL history includes $38 million in guaranteed compensation.
In contrast to a lucrative six-year, $63 million deal, in which over half of the contract's monetary value comes from bonuses, Dansby, due to the franchise tag, settled for a one-year, $9.7 million deal
In 2008, Dansby was also franchised and earned a touch over $8 million.
Karlos Dansby is 27 years old. Accounting for taxes, the man will make roughly $9 million in two years for playing football—and he is "kind of disappointed."
Again, I understand I am a mere blogger, and I'm well aware of the reputation such a smear entails. So, I'm going to be very careful about this because I'm not trying to make any personal attacks on Dansby.
I get what he's saying—he's in a business where employees of his caliber are usually rewarded with the kind of financial security lavished upon Suggs, but Dansby has fallen into a smaller category of players who must wait.
That means he still has a chance of falling into an even smaller and less fortunate group whose pot of gold never arrives.
Furthermore, Karlos has been slapped with the franchise tag two years in a row.
Most importantly, Dansby seems like a good hombre with a solid head on his shoulders. He isn't raising hell or throwing colleagues under the bus, and he genuinely sounds like he wants to stick in the desert, which makes him loyal—and that's a trait I admire.
He isn't a media whore like Terrell Owens or Chad "Ocho Sinko;" he's not a spoiled diva like Brett Favre or Jay Cutler, and he's definitely not some simple psychopath like Latrell Sprewell gibbering about needing more money to feed his family.
Karlos Dansby is a good player and seems like a good person.
Even if you disagree with either assessment, the fact is he's unassuming and would probably be described as a "lunch-pail" guy—puts his head down, does his job very well, and doesn't say much on the way in or out.
And that is my point.
It's one thing when the village idiots are ranting and raving about needing more money to buy baubles and bling. It's one thing when the infants in the room scream for attention.
It's another thing altogether when guys like Karlos Dansby lose touch so completely, even for one second. And that's all Dansby is guilty of—a momentary lapse in judgment.
In a shattered economy still losing jobs by the hundreds of thousands, it's just stupid and insensitive to say into a microphone that you're any shade of unhappy about a $9.7 million salary.
He's unhappy about a raise of over a $1.5 million, which carries the double-edge of also implying a previous year's salary of similar grandeur.
It's really, really stupid, regardless of the size and length of the Joneses' deals.
The bigger problem, though, is to think of what this implies if a rep from the "blue-collar" segment of professional sports can slip like that.
Just how disconnected are these people?
How dangerously delusional are the locker rooms if even the most down-to-Earth members of their community can look at a contract worth $9.7 million and shrug their shoulders?
The story is no different with other celebrities, CEOs, politicians, etc, which is an uncomfortable realization if you consider how much influence that group has on the real world. I have no idea of the true extent, but I'm positive that it's substantial.
It has to be when you finish rounding them all up and contemplating all their avenues of influence, which is the biggest problem of all.