Top 5 NFL Contract Disputes
The culture of contract disputes used to viewed as a poisonous set-of-circumstances that happened only every now and then.
With the maturation of the CBA and the rules of free agency, it has become such a part of the game that there is not only but there are several ongoing issues between players and management.
Here’s the top five that stand to sting their respective franchises the most. The upside is that only one of them does not involve a player currently negotiating a long-term deal under the franchise tag.
#1 Dwayne Bowe-WR-Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs usually fly criminally under-the-radar so it’s understandable why Bowe skipping mini-camps two weeks ago did not stimulate Drew Brees size headlines.
During a recent interview with Arrowhead Pride, Bowe put all of his cards on the table.
“I’ll be there. I’m staying in shape until its the time to sign on the dotted line. You got the draft, they got to move stuff around, fill all the other positions and make sure the team is solid before you do it and that’s OK with me.”
The time to sign on the dotted line could be a variety of different dates. The Chiefs and Bowe have until July 16th to get a long term deal done.
If Bowe’s agent and Chiefs GM Scott Pioli don’t hammer something out, in theory Bowe doesn’t have to show up until the start of the regular season.
It was a follow-up comment that has us inclined to think that Bowe will buy-into the situation long before the regular season regardless of the outcome.
“The other guys [handle that]. My job is to play football. However the contract situation goes, when it’s time to get on the field my job is to make it happen.
One year, five years…I did it for five years already so one year won’t hurt. Five won’t hurt either. I’m always going to be at the top of my game. It’s just a waiting game, it’s a business. Teams move around positions to see what they need. I know the business side of it so we’ll see.”
Verdict: Bowe won’t be a problem child and will be in uniform just in time to get his timing back down with QB Matt Cassel.