3 NFL stories: Aaron Rodgers got Luck-y, don’t cry for Seattle & skip the supplements
What we’re talking about this week in The Hit Job
Rodgers upset by Luck’s contract?
It’s called leverage, folks. Despite the shit-stirring articles about how Andrew Luck’s new six-year, $139.25 million contract ($87 million guaranteed for injury) is/might/must be rankling the occasionally irked Aaron Rodgers over compensation, the truth is Luck’s contract is nothing but good news for Rodgers.
The way you get paid in life (don’t look at my paycheck for proof) is to have leverage. You never get paid what you think you’re worth. You get paid what you have enough leverage to bargain for. Luck just gave Rodgers more bargaining power.
Is Rodgers upset that Andrew Luck suddenly makes more money than he does? Only if he’s stupid, which we know he isn’t. Luck’s megabucks contract, and others that will surely follow in subsequent years are how Rodgers will get paid even more stupid money on his next deal.
Rodgers doesn’t even have to pretend to be irked. He should, however, endeavor to hide his smile as he thinks about the next contract he’ll sign, while most of the rest of us decide between paying for health care bills or groceries this week. Aaron says “thanks,” Andrew.
The void that isn’t — Seattle Seahawks running backs
Pity the poor Seattle Seahawks who lost their franchise’s best running back ever, Marshawn Lynch, to retirement.
Actually, scratch that. As Lynch was transitioning out due to age and injury, undrafted rookie sensation Thomas Rawls took hold of the job. How did the rook do? A stunning 5.6 yards per carry and 830 yards rushing (147 attempts). Compared to Lynch, who never managed more than 5.0 YPC in a season (with a career average of 4.4 YPC in his Seattle tenure), what the Seahawks experienced was an upgrade.
That’s right. A franchise loses their best running back to father time … and gets a replacement that is better.
Should the 12s fret about Rawls’ recovery from his week 14 injury (broken ankle and ligament damage)? According to Rawls, no. He claims to be on track to be ready to go by week one.
But some say he might be challenged by one of several newcomers. ESPN’s John Clayton says, “Alex Collins (fifth round, Arkansas) looks really good and could challenge him. Thomas Rawls has to play his best to stay ahead of Alex and maybe get those 15 carries, where maybe Alex gets eight to 10. And if Alex comes and competes better, maybe he gets more.”
And Collins isn’t even the highest drafted running back the Seahawks have to choose from. That would be third-round pick C.J. Prosise of Notre Dame. Whereas Collins is more in the vein of a Rawls-type pounder, Prosise is expected to vie for the third-down back role. According to the Seattle Times, head coach Pete Carroll stated that the blue birds have a “big role” in mind for Prosise. Unfortunately, it’s mostly conjecture for Prosise as he missed most of the offseason program with a lingering hip issue.
But wait, there’s more. The Seahawks weren’t done stocking the running back position with rookies. They also drafted Clemson running back Zac Brooks in the seventh round. The former receiver has a shot at making an impact with the ongoing gimpiness of Rawls and Prosise.
Last but not least, former Seahawks second-round draft pick, fourth-year veteran Christine Michael, has been the No. 1 running back this offseason. Michael, he of the oodles of talent but little focus, saw a career resurgence when he returned to Seattle late last year after being waived by the Dallas Cowboys. He marshaled 4.5 yards per carry and actually got his first two NFL starts. The light appears to have come on for the enigmatic running back.
That’s five options for what is traditionally three spots. Plus the gifted feet of one of the NFL’s best running quarterbacks, Russell Wilson. Don’t shed any tears for the Seahawks’ running attack just yet.
Supplements are worthless
No players were selected in the NFL’s Supplemental Draft, held July 14, 2016. Six players were eligible, but the NFL collectively asserted that none of them were worth a draft pick in any round in the 2017 Draft. All are now free agents, if any teams have an interest in risking virtually nothing to sign them for training camp. NFL players will begin reporting to training camps in the last week of July.