Sports Negotiations: When, where, how, & why of injury settlements

With all the preseason action now behind us, the 32 NFL clubs begin the arduous task of reducing down the roster to 53 in preparation for Week 1 of the regular season.  A lot of activity on the wire will waive and terminate players accordingly, and I'm sure there'll be a few designations pop up that some of you might not be accustomed to.  I've … [Read more...]

Sports Negotiations – Not everyone in the NFL agrees with incentives

Not everyone agrees with The Football Educator's notion of utilizing the extensive use of NFL contract incentives to bring out the best in players.  Even the Collective Bargaining Agreement puts restrictions on the use of incentives.  A counter argument to incentives I ran across an article written a while back that argued incentives worked … [Read more...]

Sports Negotiations – The curious case in support of incentives

In a perfect professional football world all NFL player contracts would be built off incentives.  In an industry that is so dependent on FUTURE production it seems asinine to pay someone for the PAST.  Yet the key to lucrative opportunity in the NFL is the amount of guaranteed money an agent can build into his client’s contract and conversely the … [Read more...]

Sports Negotiations – The discriminatory nature of the Split Contract

In a split second the receiver catches ball, comes down with two feet inbounds, converts the first down, and the defender crashes down on the back of his right leg….instantly snapping both his tibia & fibula.  And so it goes, another productive receiver is sent to Reserve/Injured.  After presenting The Football Educator’s readers with a … [Read more...]

Sports Negotiations – The split between NFL veterans and rookies

Split receivers Imagine the following scenario.  Third down and ten, left hash, ball on the thirty-five yard line heading out.  Fourth quarter and the visiting team is behind by two points with less than a minute to go, no timeouts.  The offense employs a four receiver set with “Trips” right and a split receiver to the left.  Three of the four … [Read more...]

NFL Salary Cap – Negotiating rookie contracts & the 25% Increase Rule

The Football Educator recently addressed the elimination of option bonuses in rookie contracts and the effect this had on the upper selections of the first round in the annual NFL Draft.  Option & roster bonuses provided loopholes to circumnavigate rookie pool restrictions on NFL Clubs as they signed their rookie class under the NFL Salary Cap … [Read more...]

NFL Salary Cap – Eliminating the loopholes in Rookie Contracts

The National Football League has gone through extensive changes over the past few seasons (on and off the field).  The League’s front office and Competition Committee have taken progressive steps toward the safety of NFL players with extensive rule changes applied to techniques long thought to be just “part of the game”. The extension of the … [Read more...]

Player Personnel – Delineating left and right offensive tackles

The 2013 NFL Draft was historic from an offensive tackle perspective.  There have been years where two or three tackles were selected in the Top 10 of the first round (most recently in 2009), but perimeter OL’s at picks one, two, and four is unheard of.  Traditionally this stratus is usually reserved for the “skilled” of the college player pool; … [Read more...]

3 things bugging me from an NFL front office perspective

Here are 3 current stories covered by the NFL media that continue to bug the living #$%@& out of me.  Just sayin'. NFL Head Coach Candidates I’m going to use a story I saw about San Francisco 49ers Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman to illustrate a point.  I’m not directly targeting Roman nor singling out his particular situation.  The recent … [Read more...]

Sports Negotiations – 3 better ways to measure results

How did we get here?  The infatuation of the media and fan base with NFL player contract structure and negotiation?   Seems every season during the free agency period there’s an intense debate about how much NFL players are paid and whether they’re worth it.  The latest deliberation revolves around the extension of Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo and … [Read more...]