– I mean listen, he’s getting clobbered for it. I mean nobody wants to wake up in the morning, as a guy we’re often judged by our you know, our net worth, and our job. And everybody’s like, ha ha, you got taken to the cleaners. That’s not a great way to wake up. Here’s the thing, Michael Jordan proved, it’s hard to be great at two things.
He’s a great corner. Do I think he’s a great negotiator? Probably not. I mean, Wayne Gretzky, why wasn’t he a great backgammon player? You know what I mean? The greatest people we’ve ever had in sports have often tried a second thing. And I just think in this moment, when he got dumped by Seattle. And emotionally, he should have waited a week or two. Slept on it. I think he was a little emotional, a little spiteful. Which by the way, over time, maybe that gets him into the weight room. But I kind of feel like he went from I just got dumped, San Francisco is the rebound. And he should have slept on it for two, or three, or four days. Taken some of the emotion out of it. And I think it–
– Business can’t be personal. It needs to be cold and objective. And that’s why you hire an agent. It was personal for him. He took his fiance to the negotiations. He took his fiance. That’s like , if you’re a poker player you’ve just turned your cards over and said, hey everybody I want to sign here in San Francisco. He gave San Francisco all the leverage. And so, will he regret this?
If he’s the player he thinks he is, of course he’s going to regret it. Because if he plays at a high level, and he looks around and went, damn I’m back to being Richard Sherman, and I’m getting paid this? He’s going to sit out next year. And so, kids man, kids. And again, I’m not taking a shot at you, because everybody says this. But everybody’s like, oh he’s from Stanford, he’s smart. Now, he went to Stanford, and that’s great. I went to Ball State, does that make me stupid?
And so this to me is revealing, there may be some book sense here, but there’s little shortness of common sense.
– Well I think the big thing is, let’s take Joe Thomas. You think Joe Thomas read that contract?
– Do you think that he what?
– Joe Thomas read the contract? Where did he get the information from?
– Right, his agent. This is all about the agent. The agents don’t want players to negotiate their contract, it hurts the agent’s business. AP waited, you know, wanted to wait around to see where he could go. Wasn’t a good deal. He gave the Seahawks an option, here’s my deal, you want to match it, or not? Achilles injury is a serious injury. We don’t know if he’s going to be that same player again. He might be, he might not be. So I think is always good, at one point, he knows what his value is. I think as a smart football player, look he’s not an agent. Let’s put it like that. He’s not an agent. But agents don’t always make the right decisions either.
– No, no. We’ve certainly seen them mess up. I could think back to Terrell Owens in Baltimore, or something.
– They mess up, but Eric, this is a bad deal. And he should not be representing himself.
– If he would have got $10 million upfront, if he’d have gotten $10 million upfront, and then he was making $3 million, $4 million, somebody would still say, that’s a bad deal. I could have got him more. I could have got him more, I know I–
– All of the leverage is San Francisco.
– Achilles. Achilles. That injury is big.
– I don’t think he’ll regret it, until this year pans out and it doesn’t work out. If he doesn’t regret this deal if he makes All-Pro and he’s a Pro-Bowler. His postseason incentives will solidify him through the 2020 football season, guaranteeing him a base salary of $8 million.
– If he’s an All-Pro though, they’ve gotten away with highway murder for the next season.
– No, not necessarily, because he’s on the down-tick of his career. Could he make more? It’s only a three-year deal. My thing is, what challenges he has before him, is becoming that All-Pro player again, off of this injury.
– When now you already have a Patrick Petersen who’s playing the same position. Now you have a Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, an Xavier Rhodes, a Marshon [INAUDIBLE] Lattimore, a Darius Slay, all these young–
– So he didn’t bet on himself. It was an insecure move on his contract. Because he doesn’t think he can be that player again.
– No, I think he does think he can be that player. Which is why–
– –then sign a one year deal, and do what Darrelle Revis did at the end of his career.
– Possibly, but that was an agent move. That was an agent move. And again, to your point,
– That’s why he needs an agent.
– I think a lot of times,
When you’re faced with a situation where your unplugged from something, you have to sit back and kind of simmer on that. You have to. And in his situation, he didn’t do that. And he took a situation and jumped on it, and the San Francisco 49ers were like, we’ll take that as well because they’re winning no matter what. They win, no matter what.
– I’ll just throw this out there, it means nothing. Washington State has no state taxes. Every other player in the league, not in Miami or Seattle, pays major state taxes. Not in Seattle. He’s been getting a break for years, why get greedy now on your smallest contract? You’ve never payed a state tax in Washington. That’s one of the advantages of–
– You’re making the opposite argument, Cowherd.
You act like you don’t know what state he’s moving into. The same one you do, and I do. And we know what that’s like. That’s not fun. Again, he went from zero state taxes to 14%, 15%, you know, something ridiculous.
– I gladly pay mine.
– Yeah, so do I.