Solid citizens moving up draft boards

Solid citizens moving up draft boards

There are 14 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Apr 22, 2007, titled Solid citizens moving up draft boards. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Defending his name has been as challenging as covering opposing receivers for UM's Brandon Meriweather.

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phintim

Cape Coral, FL

#1 Apr 22, 2007
It sounds like the players union needs to get their act together and become part the process of making the sport cleaner instead of more of the problem which it appears they did at the last Collective Bargaining Agreement. Of course football at that point is all about how much money the agent/lawyers can make in the process to fill their pockets.
whatever

Bensalem, PA

#2 Apr 22, 2007
Sick of all these hoods. I hope Meriweather slides waaaay down. Freakin loser.
phintimatium

AOL

#3 Apr 22, 2007
I guess Jimmy Johnson would have a hard time drafting these days with his penchant for picking felons. I wonder where Cecil Collins would fall to in this years draft? lol
y-not

Atlanta, GA

#4 Apr 22, 2007
Signing bonuses are at the bottom of this.

The league ought to prorate signing bonuses. If a player gets a $20M signing bonus for 4 years he would get $5M the first year and the balance is put in a blind trust for the player. Each year the player gets the prorated share plus any earned income for that year. If he doesn't report ala Wilkinson or Ricky W he loses the balance of the bonus and the escrow reverts to the team.

This would stop a lot of this crap the players pull. It is still guaranteed money IF they fulfill their contract in good faith.
Phillip Rhodes

Raleigh, NC

#5 Apr 22, 2007
So his gun was legally registered, and he fired it in self-defense? Why would that even be mentioned in the same breathe as "off field problems?" Sounds like a perfectly reasonable use of a legally owned weapon to me...
Mario

San Nicolás De Los Garza, Mexico

#6 Apr 22, 2007
If he is there with our first second-round choice, I would sure like to see him with a Dolphins uniform...

He sounds like he really regrets it, and we need to trust and give opportunities to guys with talent that come cheap (like Ricky)

“Trust Honor Respect”

Since: Apr 07

Ft. Liqourdale , FL

#7 Apr 22, 2007
Meriweather is good, but he shouldn't be mentioned amongst the top safeties. He can't hold Laron Landry's jock strap. Besides he is a punk who likes to kick people when they're down. Typical um thuggery. FSU RULES 4 EVER!

Since: Feb 07

Riverside, CA

#8 Apr 22, 2007
phintimatium wrote:
I guess Jimmy Johnson would have a hard time drafting these days with his penchant for picking felons. I wonder where Cecil Collins would fall to in this years draft? lol
I was wondering how Cecil the Diesel was spending his Sunday in prison today.
Dolfan from SF

Fort Bragg, CA

#9 Apr 22, 2007
If I had an questions about Brandon Meriweather's character, I would not have an issue with him using a handgun to protect his home against an "alleged robbery." Most PC jerks like the crowd we have in my neighborhood make self defense a crime & a defect of character. When a perp is gunned down or scared off, it's usually to deter or prevent a robbery. Oh those poor robbers!

Remember Cecil Collins? He was fortunate to get a prison sentence instead of being gunned down for good. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Jimmy Johnson had the sense to take a chance on him in the latter part of the draft.

Adam "Pac Man" Jones was getting in & out of trouble to the point where I wasn't surprised what he did in Vegas. And I validate what the NFL Commish for suspending him. And the Titans deserve to get bitten for their lack of due diligence.

If I had any character questions relating to Meriweather, it would relate to kicking the FIU player that was already down. I hope he learned his lesson from that experience. When I look at "Pac Man's" body language, I see a man who's copping the same tired gangsta attitude.

I'm glad that the Commish is playing hardball on bad conduct & bad character. I hope the various franchises have the incentive to do a better job of due diligence before investing their time & money into a ballplayer. But let's balance it out by not turning it into a PC football.
Hunter

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#10 Apr 22, 2007
y-not wrote:
Signing bonuses are at the bottom of this.
The league ought to prorate signing bonuses. If a player gets a $20M signing bonus for 4 years he would get $5M the first year and the balance is put in a blind trust for the player. Each year the player gets the prorated share plus any earned income for that year. If he doesn't report ala Wilkinson or Ricky W he loses the balance of the bonus and the escrow reverts to the team.
This would stop a lot of this crap the players pull. It is still guaranteed money IF they fulfill their contract in good faith.
I understand where you're coming from on the signing bonuses but theres a catch there as well. When they sign a 5 year deal they should recieve their money even if they get cut after a couple of years. Both sides should have to fulfill their obligations. Why should a team be able to cut a player with a contract? 5 years means they are stuck with each other for the duration of the contract unless traded. If a team screws up their salary cap and purges the higher salaried players to get under the cap why should the player lose money? On the other hand there should be no holdouts. Play for what you agreed to play for! When your contract is up, then you can play your negotiating games with owners. Not before!
Mario

San Nicolás De Los Garza, Mexico

#11 Apr 22, 2007
Hunter wrote:
<quoted text>I understand where you're coming from on the signing bonuses but theres a catch there as well. When they sign a 5 year deal they should recieve their money even if they get cut after a couple of years. Both sides should have to fulfill their obligations. Why should a team be able to cut a player with a contract? 5 years means they are stuck with each other for the duration of the contract unless traded. If a team screws up their salary cap and purges the higher salaried players to get under the cap why should the player lose money? On the other hand there should be no holdouts. Play for what you agreed to play for! When your contract is up, then you can play your negotiating games with owners. Not before!
Exactly!! You sign your contract knowing that you're going to play your best game... and if it somehow resulted in a pro-bowl or two, you can't ask for more money: IT IS A CONTRACT! If you do so, then you should also take a voluntary paycut if your play sucks... not like many NFL players
Hunter

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#12 Apr 23, 2007
Mario wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly!! You sign your contract knowing that you're going to play your best game... and if it somehow resulted in a pro-bowl or two, you can't ask for more money: IT IS A CONTRACT! If you do so, then you should also take a voluntary paycut if your play sucks... not like many NFL players
They do take a pay cut if their play sucks. They're cut! What happened to the owners upholding their end of the contract? If they had to pay the full contract after they cut a player it would end these ridiculous contracts. The way it is, if the player doesn't perform they get cut and the contract means nothing. The owners always have an out!
Mike 17-0

Stow, OH

#13 Apr 23, 2007
Pay them for piece work. Only thing guarenteed is the league minimum for the number of years of service. Everything else should be a bonus based on playing time, individual and team performance. The player can take out an insurance policy if he chooses to protect against loss of income (bonus part) due to injury. Let the players union negotiate the incentive scale with the owners.
Hunter wrote:
<quoted text>I understand where you're coming from on the signing bonuses but theres a catch there as well. When they sign a 5 year deal they should recieve their money even if they get cut after a couple of years. Both sides should have to fulfill their obligations. Why should a team be able to cut a player with a contract? 5 years means they are stuck with each other for the duration of the contract unless traded. If a team screws up their salary cap and purges the higher salaried players to get under the cap why should the player lose money? On the other hand there should be no holdouts. Play for what you agreed to play for! When your contract is up, then you can play your negotiating games with owners. Not before!
fish

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 Apr 23, 2007
Mike 17-0 wrote:
Pay them for piece work. Only thing guarenteed is the league minimum for the number of years of service. Everything else should be a bonus based on playing time, individual and team performance. The player can take out an insurance policy if he chooses to protect against loss of income (bonus part) due to injury. Let the players union negotiate the incentive scale with the owners.
<quoted text>
Sounds good to me!

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