Butkus, you have said this or something like this several times in this thread: "And again...take the emotion of how much these guys make out of it." Yet you then use your emotions to suggest the opposite view. Ya can't have it both ways brother. You can't tell people to take their opinion about the amount of money these players make out of the argument (even though this discussion WAS supposed to be outside of that perspective), but then argue yourself that the amount of money they make is well earned. Frankly, I don't have a problem with the amount of money they make. I am a free market guy and I believe in the market to set value in almost every corner of our economy. As a business owner that has some good years and some bad, I also agree with your assessment of the tax burden these kids are hit with. Despite what some might believe, MOST of these guys WILL pay over 50% of everything they make in taxes when you consider all levels (Federal, State and Local). It's true and that, in and of itself isn't right, but that is a whole different argument for a different forum. The point is, while I don't have a problem with these guys making as much as they can, I do have a problem with it being guaranteed when their work product 3 years down the road isn't guaranteed. As Ric indicated above, both parties sign these contracts and the conditions of said contracts are every bit a part of them as the dollar figures. The only reason these conditions are in the contracts is because the potential money is LARGE. If a player is willing to take less money, then I'm sure a team would be willing to guarantee it ALL, but since it is the PLAYER that wants the $$$ to be as large as possible, then the team wants an out if the players performance becomes less valuable. Again, Supply and Demand. Just for the record, I'll say it again, yes these players take physical risks with their bodies, but that is NOT what they are paid for. So they have difficulty walking around on Mondays, and maybe some of them have life long physical problems, but I could name AT LEAST a dozen occupations right now (without even thinking very hard) that are far more hazardous and leave the participants with equal or worse physical ailments that will not yield a fraction of the income these players get, even the back-ups.