The old contract debates in sports can get annoying at times, because some people get upset at the fact that guys who already have a lot of money want more money. That they should be grateful for what they have or something. The thing is, every single person would do the same thing if they were in the athlete’s shoes.
Anyways, there has been a lot of talk about money and Jimmy Graham lately, because he is one of the league’s best tight ends, but since he is a tight end and not a wide receiver, he doesn’t make as much money.
Graham of course, wants more, but now other players are coming to his defense too. Players such as San Francisco 49ers tight end, Vernon Davis.
As 49ers tight end Vernon Davis stays away from offseason workouts not to get a new deal but to focus on building a brand that is now partially owned by the public via the flimsy (in my opinion) Fantex investment forum, Davis is helping Saints tight end Jimmy Graham get a new deal.
Or maybe Davis is only worried about Graham’s brand, too.
“He believes that he deserves more, and I believe that he deserves more,” Davis told ESPN regarding Graham, who’s caught in a franchise-tag fight with the Saints. “He’s just a wonderful presence. He’s a great player. He has a lot of potential to go above and beyond and just go further. He is one of those guys that is a part of that TE position that are changing the game — Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham, [Rob] Gronkowski.
“Those guys are some fantastic players. If it was me, if I was the owner of the team, I would give the kid everything he wants because he’s that.”
First of all, great to hear about a player building their #brand. It’s what everyone should be doing at all times.
Second, I would have to agree with Davis. Everyone should always try to get the most money they can–especially in football where your career can be over in one play.