Quote of the Week I
"I'm going to prove to those dummies on TV talking about what I can't do why they're not working an NFL team. I'm a 27-year-old in a 31-year-old body.''
-- Free-agent receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, 31, to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.
Houshmandzadeh will choose between Minnesota, Cincinnati and Seattle today.
Quote of the Week II
"You're not going to remember Albert as a bust. You're going to remember him as a great player.''
-- New Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who signed a four-year, $48-million contract with the Redskins on Friday.
More about the size of this contract later. But one of the things we do in this business -- and it is shameful, really -- is allow agents to inflate values of contracts.
Quote of the Week III
"On a day like this, I just count my blessings. I never get used to being paid like I am to play football, especially now, with this contract. When I was leaving college, I had a choice as a free agent to go to Baltimore or Kansas City. I thought I had a better chance to get on with Baltimore, but I agreed to go there for a $1,000 bonus. A while later [general manager] Ozzie Newsome called me and said, 'I'm sorry. I've got to make that $500.' And I just figured, well, it'll get me used to the government taking money out of my check.''
-- Linebacker Bart Scott, who signed a six-year, $48-million contract with the Jets Friday after spending seven years with the Ravens.
Stat of the Week
Seven years, $100 million. With reachable incentive bonuses, seven years, $115 million.
Everywhere -- in Washington, Nashville and in national publications -- it was written over the weekend that Haynesworth signed the first $100-million contract by a defensive player in league history, a contract that could jump to $115 million if he earned some incentives.
That could happen. I could succeed Roger Goodell as commissioner of the NFL one day, too.
Haynesworth, barring a miracle, will never see the fifth year of the contract. In essence, he signed a four-year, $48-million contract Friday with the Redskins. That will carry him through his 11th season, in 2012 (barring a work stoppage in 2011, which is a real possibility). Here is the real contract:
The asterisk is for an additional $1 million he could earn in an offseason workout bonus before camp.
The seven-year deal calls for Haynesworth to earn $29 million in 2013, $10.8 million in 2014 and $12 million in 2015.
I am reminded of players in Washington who were scheduled to make far less and who never made it to the pay window in the later years of their contracts. Deion Sanders signed a seven-year, $56-million deal with Washington in 2000, and lasted one year. Adam Archuleta and Brandon Lloyd similarly busted in 2006.
The last three years of the Haynesworth deal are agent recruiting years. They have no bearing on reality.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
Want to know why seven-time Pro Bowl defender Brian Dawkins was so eager to leave Philly? It had something to do with being wanted, which, in today's football, is all about the Benjamins.
Money Dawkins earned in the last three seasons in Philadelphia: $7.2 million.
Money Dawkins will earn in Denver in 2009: $7.2 million.