According to Jack Del Rio, Tyson Alualu has finally signed with the Jaguars. The toughest part now? Getting Tyson down to Jacksonville t0 start training with the team.
With the signings of the other first rounders happening and Tyson Alualu on board, I think it is important to ask, how much is too much?
I have yet to hear the amount that the Jaguars have offered Tyson, but I’m sure that it is more money than I’ll be making (possibly in my whole life). But I don’t blame him or the other rookies for trying to get as much as they can, even if they miss part of training camp. The teams know that they’re about to make an investment in an unproven commodity, and so do the players, and so do the players’ agents. Some draft picks don’t pan out at all (JaMarcus Russell), but the team is still willing to pony up plenty of money for them in case they prove to be the franchise player they need. If Tyson ends up being a dominant force, then both this short hold out and the money will have been worth it. But if a draft pick doesn’t pan out…it’s a lot of money down the drain.
Are rookie salaries too high? Sure. But is it right for us to say that they can’t get as much as they can? If I were a rookie I would want as much as I possibly could. If I knew I was supposed to be the defensive tackle of the future, I would need a big amount of money to make me comfortable knowing that if I didn’t turn out to be the best defensive tackle the team had seen in a while, I would still be financially secure.
I don’t blame the rookies for asking for more. I blame the system for allowing them to get that much money. Perhaps we’ll get a new CBA at the end of the year. But who knows?
- Luke N Sims