Originally Posted by macro
I posted this at Bengaldom, but I'll repeat it here for the slackers
who have yet to make there way over there...
If these NFL contracts are not guaranteed and the player can be cut and not paid at any time, why on earth would the player sign a long-term deal? It would seem that this works only in the team's best interest and not the player's.
Two words: Signing Bonus.
Without the long term of the contract, a team doesnt pony up the large cash up front - which for cap purposes can be spread over the life of the deal.
The important number with this ir any deal is how much of it came in the bonus and how much is guarnteed.