The Deshawn Watson Guaranteed Deal has an impact on the entire NFL

In a small community of game owners, you’re just as smart as your stupid competitor.

In the NFL, that usually means the Browns.

The impact of the Cleveland deal with quarterback Dashaun Watson has been causing huge buzz throughout the NFL. And not just because the Browns opted to guarantee a $ 230 million contract for a player with 22 civil lawsuits pending.

That’s because of an NFL funding rule about playing havoc on sports.

Every year after the Super Bowl ends, the NFL will require its clubs to write a check on their books to cover every guaranteed unpaid dollar. The money is then put into the escrow account run by the league.

When Watson appears on the Browns’ escrow bill next season, the team will have to pay $ 184 million in cash, and that amount will be added to the length of the contract.

That sounds strange, right? Escrow is usually required for home buyers, property taxes and insurance premiums. Why are billionaire NFL owners forced to give a guaranteed appearance, thus proving the integrity of their payroll?

For years, the funding mechanism has been part of a scheme designed by owners to prevent a guaranteed contract attack within a bloody, violent game. This will prevent teams from losing valuable players that were broken or were suddenly disqualified. It provided an easy excuse for teams to block large sums of guaranteed money, which is common in the NBA, NHL and MLB.

For example, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen signed a strong contract extension in 2020 and 2021. But according to fighter NFL scriptwriter Peter King, Mehmet’s meme is only guaranteed 19% while Allen’s at 39%.

But in 2022, the market rate for the franchise quarterback has gone through the wall, starting with Aaron Rogers’ annual wage in Green Bay. And now that Watson’s contract is fully guaranteed, it will become the new industry standard for agents who are representing key players in the NFL.

They will stay for nothing less. And that would create a form of economic separation between wealthy consumer groups and mom and pop shops that still thrive in today’s NFL. Like the Cardinals.

To wit:

Lamar Jackson, Keller Murray, Joe Burroughs and Justin Herbert are all in the queue for a massive expansion. Still the Cardinals are Michael Bedol, Chargers Diane Spanos and Bengals’ Mike Brown all owned by the family business. They struggle to get comfortable with this level of enthusiasm, attaching huge amounts of money. And that could explain the current deadlock between Murray and the Cardinals, as well as the team’s fast performance in free agency.

The Cardinals are probably buying time and saving money simply because they can write escrow checks for their franchise quarterback. Especially after Bidwill recently purchased the Boeing 777 for a team trip, becoming the only NFL franchise to own a plane.

The solution seems simple: the NFL can only eliminate funding rules. It is not necessary to trade collectively because the NFLPA does not pay any attention. But it will swing to open the door to fully guaranteed contracts for the NFL, something that the league has resisted for decades.

But if they maintain the funding rule, there is a certainty that some ethnic quarterbacks will be traded when their contractual agreements have expired and the franchise tag has expired. Just because their owners wouldn’t write or write $ 300 million to keep escrow check players Burrow and Herbert. And when that happens, the NFL will just be like MLB, where great players inevitably end up in New York, Boston or Los Angeles, becoming unbeatable luxury items in small markets.

As to the potential impact on Mori and the Cardinals?

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