Isn't it Ironic? Dontcha think?
From an AP story:
“Marshall Faulk, now resigned to a backup role with the Rams, has agreed to a pay cut in a restructured contract that will essentially guarantee he’ll end his career in St. Louis.
Faulk, an 11-year veteran who turns 32 Saturday, just finished the third year of a seven-year contract. He would have made $6 million in salary and workout bonuses in 2005.
Under the new four-year deal, Faulk gets a $2 million signing bonus this year, and will earn $2 million in both 2005 and 2006, said his agent, Rocky Arceneaux. Arceneaux said the salary would average $3 million per year over the four years of the deal.
“His motive was not wanting to leave,” Arceneaux said. “Obviously with a backup, it’s hard to justify making $7 million a year.”
I know it’s football, but isn’t the irony just a bit too much to take? Here’s a guy who took a pay cut without being threatened with the loss of his sport. He took a pay cut just to guarantee that he will retire a St. Louis Ram.
According to the article, he was set to average $7 million per year for the next four years (the remainder of a 7 year deal he signed in 2002). His reworked contract will pay him an average of $3 million per year for the same four years.
Can you even imagine hearing the words “…it’s hard to justify making $7 million a year” out of one of these hockey player’s agents?
Just my opinion.