How safe will the kickoff have to become to save it?
After years of simply trying to reduce the number of kickoffs, changes finally are being made to the kickoff play in an effort to make it safer. So how safe does the most dangerous play in the game have to become before the NFL will choose permanently to keep it?
In a new online question-and-answer session with fans, Packers CEO Mark Murphy offers a summary regarding the current status of the kickoff.
Is it 1:1? Or is 2:1 good enough? No one has provided that information, yet.
That said, there鈥檚 a good chance that this is less about reducing concussions and more about removing from the game Antonio Morrison Jersey a play that carries with it the greatest risk of a catastrophic 鈥?and possibly fatal 鈥?injury.
Consider the broader context of Brady鈥檚 last new contract, from April 2016. The deal pushed his annual average to $20.5 million, at a time when the highest-paid player at the position (Joe Flacco) was making $22.133 million per year. Since Brady signed his latest deal, a rash of younger and far less accomplished quarterbacks have pushed the bar higher and higher, from Andrew Luck ($24.5 million) to Derek Carr ($25 million) to Matthew Stafford ($27 million) to Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million) to Kirk Cousins ($28 million) to Matt Ryan ($30 million in new money; $28.2 million in total average value at signing).
At least Flacco had a Super Bowl win. Luck, Carr, Stafford, Garoppolo, Cousins, and Ryan have one Super Bowl appearance among them. Four of them (Carr, Stafford, Garoppolo, Cousins) don鈥檛 even have a single postseason win.
So maybe the time has indeed come to show Brady the most tangible appreciation possible, especially since the greatest quarterback in league history currently is sitting at 68.3 percent of the top of the new-money market. This doesn鈥檛 mean Brady should be paid $30.1 million per year, but it does mean that he鈥檚 not just below market. He鈥檚 now dramatically below market.
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