Friday, May 21, 2010
The Brothers Johnson Need More Money
The brothers Johnson are in a no win scenario. Their performance on the field clearly indicates they are underpaid but ownership wants them to honor their ridiculous contracts. In a sport where every play can be career ending you have to evaluate a players worth differently. Andre Johnson is arguably the best receiver in football yet Brandon Marshall, Larry Fitzgerald, and Roddy White earn twice as much money a season. Chris Johnson is a freak of nature and hands down the most explosive player in the league. He is one of only 6 players in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season but Maurice Jone-Drew makes 3 times as much money. Most people would argue that the brothers Johnson are just being spoiled brats and should honor their contracts. No one put a gun to their heads and forced them to sign. In the real world that makes perfect sense but football is not the real world. You cannot apply the same logic. There is no apples to apples comparison. If you were making $50 an hour at your job and found out another company was paying $150 an hour to someone with less skills than you what would you do? You'd quit your present employer and offer your services to the company that pays more money. Football players don't have that luxury. Ownership can cut a player anytime they want but players can't leave and seek employment with another team. Ownership always has the upper hand. The only recourse is to hold out. It's the only thing that will get their attention. Good luck brothers.