It’s 5am and the alarm clock sounds. Beep. Beep. Beep. The sound echoes through the quiet room indicating it’s time to get up and start another work day. First a shower. Second some breakfast. Grab a packed lunch and hit the door for the car to go to work. In the office by 7am and ready to start the work day. You read e-mails, check voicemail messages, and ensure you’re caught up for the day. The joys of being the working class American. It’s by no means a glamorous job, but it’s a job nonetheless.
After the hiring interview you were given an offer letter that outlined the terms of the job you were being offered, the salary you would receive, and company expectations. You signed the letter, shook hands with the hiring manager, and were welcomed as a part of the company. Your signature, the final piece of the equation that sealed the deal. Your signature, your word, your agreement.
In corporate America you can sign a contract to work for a company and off to work you go. You have some flexibility in your negotiations, but not usually to get a great extent. You can ask for $75,000/annual salary and they company might come back with $68,000. Either way, once you finally reach a number you’re both happy with it’s a done deal. You can’t show up to work every day for six months, contribute, and then decide that you’re going to refuse to come to work until you get a better salary. You would be replaced, on the spot.
|2004 NFL Draft #1 Pick|
Don’t get me wrong, I believe that an elite player should be as an elite player, but not after just one good season. When a player has that one great season, post-season run, or major career milestone, then they are well within their rights to discuss a new contract deal, but to say they refuse to play until a deal is made, is very unacceptable. In my opinion, a franchise, owner, and general manager would be more likely to discuss a new deal with a player who’s on the field in practice, in team meetings, going through film study, and contributing to the team rather than discussing a deal with a holdout player who’s sitting at home watching SportsCenter.