Reading Tomase piece earlier in the week made me think about parity.
and if the NFL isn't really hurting the worst ran teams with it's draft set. the price teams like arizona and the lions and the browns, continually shell out for supposably the best talent each year is amazing, for athletes who haven't done anything. Miss one and your sunk fiancially. take these numbers from the article
" If there’s one quick way to hamstring a franchises’s finances, it’s by paying a top-10 pick like an established veteran superstar, and then watching him underperform.
The Pats have drafted quite well in the 20s and below without having to deal with the headache of huge contracts. Take last year’s draft. No. 10 pick Matt Leinart signed a six-year, $51 million deal with $14 million guaranteed from Arizona.
Compare that to Maroney, selected just 11 spots later, who landed a five-year, $8.735 million deal with a little over $6 million guaranteed. In the salary cap era, that’s a huge difference financially for two players who aren’t nearly that far apart in terms of ability.
The Patriots have not traded into the top 10 since Belichick arrived. "
51 million for lienhart and almost 9 for maroney that's a hugh hit.
How does a team endure with this kind of contrution each year.
It only goes to show how important the front offices of each team are.
we are blessed and I hoped we don't trade down to only incure more cost.