Preseason football coming up and for the first time in like fo'evva I'm hot under the collar about it. Jenkins, Okoye, Brock, Reid, Kilgore? You know if Kilgore wins the job we'll finally have an 'all 49ers drafted' OL - and it will be the best in the NFL? And some bozo's think we'll get let Iupati walk... that's absurd.
When you make OL the highest priority on your team - and drafting your number one avenue for acquiring your number one priority - homeboy doesn't walk. Iupati and Davis and all these guys will be 9ers for life, and will have All 5 Fingers blinged up to show for it.
And here is why I am writing: the above argument is about the deepest I'll get when it comes to The Draft or The Salary Cap. I hardly have enough time left over in my day to even watch NFL Live after I spout my nonsense on NN, let alone have 1 care in the world about NFL money of NCAA football.
However, maybe I am maturing in how I choose to perceive the NFL because something piqued my ear today. Which brings me to my request for your brains...
Tonight I heard this on the radio, "The Oakland Raiders are currently paying about $50M to players who are no longer on the team." They listed names and dollar figures; Carson Palmer, Richard Seymour, DHB, and like 9 other strokes of genius. It really did add up to about $50. They weren't joshing about that amount. This just doesn't come together in my brain. At first I think I get it. I think it's guaranteed money. But that seems too simple. That the Raiders signed all that promised money away then traded the guy away before they could finish paying him? But doesn't that promised money travel with the player to the new team? Can somebody break this down for me, please? Talk to me like I'm a 7 year old, or like I'm on my back and you are screaming at my injured body...
1. Was this a colloquial use of a salary cap concept or are the Raiders actually, currently writing checks to past players who are no longer on the team?
2. Is this "guaranteed money" that is left over? Or, is this imaginary salary cap figures that the Raiders aren't technically "paying" but nonetheless "cannot pay to others"?
3. What's the most important - SIMPLE - lesson for me to learn about this in terms of contract management?
4. If you differ in opinion with somebody who's already posted, please weigh in, I know none of us have all the answers so please share what you know.
Thank you! Cheers!