Should all NFL players get fully guaranteed contracts? | The Tylt
Should all NFL players get fully guaranteed contracts?
Football may be one of the most violent sports in the world. Athletes put their bodies on the line, and yet they do not get fully guaranteed contracts. The majority of NFL owners have not shown a willingness to negotiate guaranteed contracts despite the league bringing in billions of dollars annually. Kirk Cousins signed a three-year, $84 million contract that is fully guaranteed, and more players need to demand it.
The NFL loves to talk player safety. What's safe about players being incentivized to lie about injuries so they can get that bonus in their contract? If the NFL wants to truly look out for players, it would guarantee contracts so athletes don't have to worry about making less money if they take time off to recover.
Players need to be fairly compensated for sacrificing their bodies.
NFL players are already getting paid millions of dollars to play a game. Players already make millions of dollars of GUARANTEED money already. NFL players need to stay away from contributing to a narrative of greed and driving fans away. Making contracts guaranteed would put teams in a bind because there are so many players to pay, including practice squad players. That would cause players to make less money than they can currently earn and for fewer years. Teams would be apprehensive in long-term commitments for players who can get injured in a second.
NFL players love to compete. Why not compete for your paycheck? Putting incentives in contracts isn't necessarily bad. It makes players more willing to get that extra yard to help the team and make more money. There's nothing wrong with assuring those players earn the money they are given. Guaranteed contracts cannot work in the NFL.