This pay is no surprise in professional sports these days. I do wonder where the money comes from?
TV revenue, advertisements, jersey and ticket sales.
Must be somewhere else?
Link & Entire: 2010 NFL training camp: Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks agree to six-year deal - ESPNUpdated: August 6, 2010, 9:30 PM ET
Seahawks, Russell Okung have deal
ESPN.com news services
The Seattle Seahawks and their top pick, left tackle Russell Okung, have agreed to a deal, the team confirmed Friday.
NFC West blog
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The deal is for six years, $48.5 million, sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen, with more than $29 million in guaranteed money. The maximum worth of the contract is $58 million, sources said.
Okung, the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft, joined his teammates about 15 minutes into the afternoon practice and was working at left tackle with the second unit. The thousand or so fans in attendance didn't even notice the 6-foot-5, 310-pound prize slip onto the field late.
yep, pretty ridiculous. The #1 pick in the draft (Sam Bradford) got $50 million guaranteed. He is making more money than some of the best players in the league and he hasn't even taken a snap behind center. They need to change the system. The NBA has it right
"It's better to burn out than to fade away."
I think the NFL should change the rules for rookies. I think every rookie in the league should make the league minimum their first year and then negotiate their contract before their second year. At least they have time to show something on the field and earn some money. What a fucking waste. This type of money should be going to people that earned it.
Too long in Exile, too long not singing my song.
Too long like a rolling stone, Too long in exile
Too long in Exile, baby you just arent my friend.
Too long in Exile my friend, Baby you can never go home again.
Yes, I think it is ridiculous. Espeicially in the NFL. The average career is 4 years.
There are salary caps in the NFL and I don't know how this works with these rates of pay, but I think that bonuses or signing bonuses are a way around the caps.
Still a rookie getting that much guaranteed money is risky.
It does depend on the position. The defensive schemes and overall speed of the NFL is very much different than college.
I think the position of quarterback is one of the most difficult in Adusting from college to the NFL.
Look at how many #1 picks, tops 5 picks and top 10 pick quarterback college stars washed out in the NFL.
I agree it's a ludicrous amount of money but I'd rather the players get it than the greedy-ass owners. I agree with Cap, but Pandora's Box has already been opened.
The money should go back into the cities that support their teams.
Forever heading home
^ Agreed, and we should remember how much taxpayers have to shell out for stadiums. Ridiculous.