mikeak wrote:The ONLY reason I disagree with you is because the rookies and future incoming classes were not at the barganing table.
Of course, which is why the rookie wage scale is lower than it would have been if they were included. However, my point is that this is only one of many distortions.
NFL Teams and the union collude to set the salary cap, 53 man roster limit, guaranteed contracts, implications of bonuses on the salary cap and many other factors that prevent players from being paid "fair market value". Before fans complain about one distortion they need to seriously think about what the NFL would be like if they removed all of the limits and if teams actually simply paid their players based on current fair market value.
Would Wilson be making more or less money if the remaining 8 teams were competing to pay the best 8 QBs for Sunday? He may be earning millions for a single game, or finding himself making nothing when the Seahawks offered Brees $2 million for a single game check. Peyton Manning would probably only play home games, as mediocre teams would bid a lot of money to hire him for a single home game and drive up local interest. There would be no draft and teams in big cities would be able to afford the best players for the playoffs.
Fair market value has no consideration in the NFL because we fans think the sport is better when teams collude on stuff like salary caps and a rookie draft.