Should all NFL players get fully guaranteed contracts?
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Should all NFL players get fully guaranteed contracts?

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Unlike other sports leagues, the NFL doesn't fully guarantee contracts. Whenever supposedly "big money" NFL contracts are announced, the amount is only partially guaranteed, with the rest of the money coming from incentives—and teams can usually terminate a contract with little to no consequence. Some feel that is unfair to the players. Others believe with so many players on a team, guaranteed contracts wouldn't work. Plus, players work hard for their incentives. What do you think? 🏈

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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 a bonus? 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 a player takes time off to recover.

Players need to be fairly compensated for sacrificing their bodies.

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 about making 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.

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