Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had a message for NFL players seeking higher wages.
Speaking to ESPN's Jalen Rose on Wednesday on the ESPYs red carpet, Sherman said players should be willing to strike if they want to earn contracts like the ones that have been doled out during the NBA's free-agency period.
"If we want as the NFL, as a union, to get anything done, players have to be willing to strike," he said, according to ESPN.com news services. "That's the thing that guys need to 100 percent realize.
"You're going to have to miss games, you're going to have to lose some money if you're willing to make the point, because that's how MLB and NBA got it done. They missed games, they struck, they flexed every bit of power they had, and it was awesome. It worked out for them."
Sherman's comments come days after free-agent defensive lineman Terrance Knighton tweeted it was "time to get back to that negotiation table" and that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers "should be making more money then James Harden" after the Houston Rockets shooting guard inked a record-breaking extension that ensured he will earn $228 million guaranteed through the 2022-23 season.
But as Rodgers told Bill Simmons on HBO's Any Given Wednesday in July 2016 (h/t For The Win's Steven Ruiz), the NFL's roster size prohibits players from maximizing their earning potential.
"The difference is (the NBA) has 15 guys on the roster, so the average (salary) per player is like 6.3 (million). We have 53 guys, and if you divide that by our salary cap the average money spent per player is like 2.9 (million). That's the reason you got guys who are, you know, the seventh, eighth, ninth guy on the bench making more than everybody on our team except for me and Clay (Matthews) and Julius (Peppers)."
To Rodgers' point, 16 NBA players are scheduled to earn more in 2017 than Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco—who owns the most lucrative cap hit in the NFL at $24.5 million.
The NFL Players Association will have a chance to address that issue when the league's collective bargaining agreement expires in 2020.
1. "they sacked up in 87 and got destroyed" In response to Reply # 0
The white viewing public hates unions only slightly less than they hate black people. The NFL has worked very, very hard to ensure that the black bodies in the uniform are all replaceable and relatively broke. We'd have another month of scab games and then they'd sign an even worse CBA.
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7. "RE: Not saying that they shouldn't but the NFL roster size is one big is..." In response to Reply # 6
>NFL teams carry a much larger roster than NBA or MLB teams so >that means those wages are split between more players. > >Not that the NFL can't afford to up the players salaries and >players should try to get more money but they will never be on >par with basketball or MLB players.
Yeah, they can and should get a bigger slice but it is not going to look like NBA salaries. The roster size, and the amount of injuries just make it a different ball of wax.
9. "RE: peaceful protest for salaries? cool." In response to Reply # 8
You are suggesting what? That NFL players strike until police brutality and racism are a thing of the past?
Why only NFL players? I am yet to see all black doctors, lawyers, executives and media personalities go on strike for this cause (assuming that is what you want) but yet NFL players (as a group?) feet are the ones we will hold to the fire?
13. "naw, not what I saying." In response to Reply # 9
They should protest both, or at least have the freedom to express their dissent wherever it needs to be known.
My point is with Sherm specifically. He downplayed police brutality but now finds this to be worthy of a strike.
I don't expect players to strike on behalf of brutality or health care or anything, but if you want to use a similar tactic for your own relative oppression at the very least dont delegitimize the avenue that gives you the best means to allow all players to engage on a "peaceful protest" of its own right.
Not saying they shouldn't do anything, they actually should push to do everything. Even if you dont take a knee yourself you can acknowledge the act and the motive for the cause's sake, IMHO
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