In a world where millions of people struggle to complete their daily goal of adding food-to-mouth (remember that time when Charlie Chaplin ate a shoe?), it’s hard to believe someone could think that making a guaranteed $10.6 million bucks in a year would be such a bad thing. But this isn’t the real world; this is the world of pro sports.
Detroit defensive end Cliff Avril has been in contract negotiations with for months and is still hoping to come to an agreement with the Lions before Monday’s deadline to sign franchised players to long-term deals. Under the franchise tag, Avril would be scheduled to make $10.6 million next year. That isn’t something Avril wants.
In an interview today with SiriusXM NFL radio, Avril said the franchise tag “affects you mentally…if you have that over your head, it messes with you and slows you down”. He went on to say that the negotiations are progressing but that they are still far apart on the numbers.
At first blush this seems like a ridiculous statement from a guy who is set to make more money in one year than most of us will make in our entire lives, yet I still understand where he’s coming from. He plays a sport where athletes have a short shelf life, and he needs to look out for his future and squeeze every cent he can out of every contract while he can still walk and his brain can string together basic words and sentences.
So Avril’s fear of the franchise tag is justified, as all the man wants is a little security. Remember, this isn’t the real world; this is the world of pro sports. A world where blowing though 10 mill is a standard weekend in Vegas.
Now if you’ll excuse me, this shoe isn’t going to eat itself.