Why even have a contract?

It seems to me in the sports world, a contract is a merely a suggestion, rather than a iron clad agreement that both sides will agree to.  The latest case in point is Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, who has recently announced he will not report to team activities because he wants a new contract. Ah……………..Plax, YOU HAVE A CONTRACT! Burress has three years remaining on a $25 million dollar deal that he and his agent agreed to in 2005, and SIGNED.  The wide receiver is due $3.25M in 2008, $3.5M in 2009, and $3.75M in 2010. Not bad for a player that will be in 12th year in the league when the contract expires. Nope, not good enough for Plax. He and his agent saw T.O and Randy Moss both recently sign three-year deals at $9M per, and Larry Fitzgerald sign a four-year deal for $10M per.  Yeah, I do think Burress is under paid relative to some receivers that have recently signed deals, or other receievers that got deals last year, or before. But that’s really not the point, is it?  Burress SIGNED a contract in 2005 for 6 years. Now he wants that contract to be placed in the nearest paper shredder and create a new one at a level that is commensurate with many of his “peers.” Perhaps he should have signed a three-year deal in 2005 instead of a six-year contract?  Perhaps he should have signed a two- year contract? The point is, if you agree to a contract in the NFL or anywhere, and if the terms and conditions are met, you need to honor it………….pure and simple. 



3 Responses to “Why even have a contract?”

  1. Goldsmith 49 Says:

    Teams cut players whenever they under perform so if a player overperforms they have every right to seek a new deal. It would be different if teams honored contracts from the beginning to the end of it. I believe it is a one sided point of view to hold the players to one standard and the ownership/management to another. If the market dictates an increase in salary then the players should pursue it.

  2. hookedonniners Says:

    I agree with Goldsmith. Though, I think players under contract should honor their contract (while seeking out a new deal) instead of “holding out”.

  3. Thagmamurpata Says:

    Thanks !

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