This is a serious question I have had about my favourite team in the National Football League.
They say in this day and age in the NFL, it is hard to field a consistent winner year after year due to the cap as well as the greed of the players.
Perhaps the Seahawks could be experiencing the same.
Let’s look at what has happened since the disastrous play executed by Russell Wilson lead to the Seahawks failing to repeat as champions in early February of this year.
- Defensive end Michael Bennett wanting more money despite the contract he signed just recently. He makes eight million a year for the next three years on average yet believe he deserves more. Latrell Sprewell must be grinning at how smart this man is
- Bam-bam Kam Chancellor is holding out of training camp believing he deserves more money. Unlike Bennett who was invisible in the super bowl against the New England Patriots this year, Chancellor is clutch in the post season and vital to this teams defense. He makes close to six million this year, six million the next, and eight million the next according to spotrac.com. The stupidity once again amazes me. Especially from someone who looks like one of the classier Seahawk players.
- Quarterback Russell Wilson reportedly rejecting a 21 million dollar a year contract. This is the worst. I don’t know if this is true, I haven’t looked into the sources to see if it is. But if Wilson really did turn that down from the Seahawks, he’s an idiot. He won’t get a dollar more unless he goes out this year and has an MVP-caliber season. He is not nearly as good as Aaron Rodgers who makes around the same range. He is not as good as Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. He is a top ten quarterback and that’s being generous. 21 million? Haha, that’s pretty steep and generous.
The bottom line is these three should be grateful to live in the world that we do. Complaining about making north of five million dollars a year for each of them. Wow.
The detractors may be right, this team may go down due to greed.
Then again, I hope I’m pulling a reverse jinx here.
This has been on my mind for a while.
I constantly see people (mostly Detroit Red Wings fans) getting upset or in an uproar over Ken Holland’s moves or lack of production lately. The same can be said for general manager Lou Lamoriello in New Jersey. They haven’t seen the playoffs in a few years. At least Detroit has. As an eighth seed.
The case here is that everyone eventually goes down. It does not matter who you are or what you do. Everyone has to fall.
Ken Holland made Detroit years ago the place every top free agent wanted to play in a cap-less environment. They were like Chicago and Los Angeles are now. Even after the cap was put in around the 2005 lockout, they were still a powerhouse. Pavel Datsyuk was chosen in what round? Oh yeah, around the sixth round. Henrik Zetterberg was a seventh round pick. If you ask me those are probably the two best ever sixth and seventh round picks you will ever see.
Since then though the game has changed. His players have gotten older. Detroit is simply not the powerhouse it used to be and he’s clinging on to Zetterberg and Datsyuk really. Along with coach Babcock. I would say the move that crippled Holland’s team the most was Lidstrom retiring. He still had a few years left in him. They were around a fifth place team in the west with him there. Now they would be lucky to even be in eighth in the eastern conference. A player like Lidstrom is simply irreplaceable. Picture the Los Angeles Kings without Drew Doughty in the playoffs or Chicago without Duncan Keith. They would lose that fire on the blue line. It doesn’t matter who plays up front when you lose an anchor like that.
The same can be said for Lou Lamoriello. He was the best general manager in hockey in the late 90s along with Ken Holland. Brian Burke once claimed the Devils were the most well run organization in hockey. Now look at them. They cling on to more past their prime players than the Detroit Red Wings do. They passed the torch to Los Angeles and Chicago as well. They have no prospect pool or depth to speak of and the only thing going for them is getting Cory Schneider. I will admit as a Vancouver fan that that guy can play his ass off in net. He will be a top five goalie in the league soon enough. Getting rid of him was hard to take. But outside of him their roster is puke worthy.
This all shows no one stays on top forever. Coaches come and go and so do general managers. In ten years from now we may be complaining about Peter Chiarelli (Boston’s general manager) hanging on to past their prime players.
After going through arbitration and all that jazz it looks like PK Subban signed an eight year deal with the Canadiens worth 9 million a year average.
That’s insane. Is he worth that much? I know Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews signed similar huge contracts but they have the rings and clutch postseason performances to deserve that level of pay.
PK definitely is good and has won a Norris trophy. He’s a huge part of the Canadiens as well as Carey Price. Is he worth that much? I just don’t know about that. I would have offered him somewhere around 6.5-7 a year, but then again I’m no general manager.
I guess the Habs fans can’t complain.