I haven’t seen what a NFL contract looks like, but I’m sure it’s pretty extensive and confusing. I’m also sure that these contracts are structured in such a way that ultimately, the player is getting screwed. (If you can actually be screwed by a contract worth millions of dollars) Yet somehow, the Tennessee Titans put together a contract for Albert Haynesworth that actually screws themselves. The Tennessean has uncovered that Haynesworth will become an unrestricted free agent because of a clause in his contract that says if he made the Pro Bowl this year, the Titans could not put the franchise tag on him.
Now, all I want to know is what actually went on during these negotiations. For this to be the outcome, it had to go something like this:
Haynesworth’s agent: My client would like a clause inserted into the contract that states that if he makes the Pro Bowl, the franchise tag can not be placed on him.
Titans exec: I see no reason why that can’t be done. * adds the clause to the contract and prints it
Titans exec: Now Mr. Haynesworth, if you would sign right here.
Haynesworth: * signs the contract
Haynesworth’s agent: * leans over and whispers to Haynesworth, we’re bout to get pizzaid!
Haynesworth: * smiles and follows his agent out of the room
Titans exec’s colleague, who was also present: Um, why did you allow that clause to be added to the contract? You just screwed us!
Titans exec: Relax, he won’t make the Pro Bowl. I mean, when was the last time HE made the Pro Bowl?
Titans exec’s colleague: Um, try last season.
Titans exec: Awwww, S#$t!
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