Xavien Howard is at the Pro Bowl. Do We Care About the Pro Bowl or LeVeon Bell?

I was among the last of a dying breed.   I really enjoyed the Pro Bowls.   I watched them when they were in Prime Time Television, on real networks, not cable.

I liked when the game was played after the Super Bowl, so you could see the very best players participate.   Nowadays, it’s a farce.

The players barely care, and their effort shows this.

There will be no Tom Brady.   No Ndomakong Suh.   And No Effort from anyone who’s out on the field.

The rules are there for safety, but the no blitzing rule has pretty much evolved into No Pass Rushing at all.  Contact is fun and friendly, and nothing seems to go at full speed.  Coaches treat the game like it’s Madden 2019, with numerous fake punts and trick plays.   It’s all in good fun, but it makes for bad football.

In any event, Xavien Howard will represent the Dolphins.  I care that he is there.   hope he showcases his skills well and gets a big contract extension once he gets back home!

Speaking of All Pros, what do you guys think of the rumors of LeVeon Bell coming to town…?

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19 Comments

  1. Remember the Runner’s Up Bowl that was played in Miami? it was just as bad.

  2. Sure give him and Howard big contracts and hamstring us salary cap-wise for years!

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      I would never trust Bell, ever ever ever, after what he did to the Steelers last year.

      1. Agreed but somebody will pay him.

        1. I’m guessing Karmatour hasn’t seen Phil’s posts on the devious page, LOL

            1. I mean god forbid the man stood up for something he believed in (a la Kenny Stills)..

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                Yes, LaVeon Bell stood up for people around the globe who refuse to accept million-dollar paychecks.
                Lots of people hate being millionaires, and LaVeon stood up for them.

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                  Stills STOOD UP for something? I think the controversy is that he did NOT stand up.

      2. Of course not…he doesn’t fit the good ole boy profile eh?

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          What’s the good ol boy profile?
          The guy turned his back on his team. That’s the “traitor” profile, and we don’t need that on the Dolphins.

  3. Bell would cost to much but idk how anyone can blame him for what he did in Pittsburgh. Let’s be clear here the man did not sign a contact saying he would play in Pittsburgh, the Steeler organization franchise tagged him two years in a row which means for two years in a row he was not able to negotiate his worth on the open market and had no choice in where he played. Imagine this happening in any other industry in America. If you work for Google you want to leave for a different company you can, imagine if Google could make you work for them for another 2 years and if you don’t work for them your not allowed to work for anyone else. It’s borderline criminal and the only reason everyone isn’t on Bells side is because people ignore any problems a pro athlete might have because they make a lot of money.

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      There are some minor drawbacks to being a pro athlete. One is that you cannot choose what team drafts you. Unless you are a spoiled, unappreciative prick like Elway, Jim Kelly, and Eli Manning and you refuse to play for who picks you.
      The other is the franchise tag.
      Neither of those drawbacks is a secret. You enter your profession knowing the possibilities.

      Bell chose his profession and signed multi-million-dollar contracts, knowing that the Steelers have the right to franchise him. So they took advantage of their legal right, and he whined. The whining wasn’t enough, however, so he one-upped himself and abandoned his brothers.

      Your Google analogy leaves out the most important part. Yes, it sounds bad if they prohibit you from working elsewhere. BUT…what if they told you that about that possibility in advance? What if you willingly signed a contract to earn millions and millions of dollars, knowing that they have the right to keep you?

      The system may be flawed, but the players willingly and knowingly accept the system.

    2. My company is in a very specialized niche market and profits are 300%-700%. It takes me about a year to train an employee to be competent and about three for them to be proficient. All my employees sign a five year non-compete so they CANNOT simply choose where they work if they stay in the same industry very much like an NFL player!

      1. My argument to that would be there are a lot of industries with overlapping skills. For example I build software for power utilities if I were to leave this job I could still get another software job in a different industry. I would guess it’s the same for your employees, they may not be able to compete with you directly but they can use their skills to work in different industries. For Le’Veon he doesn’t have that to fall back on it’s either NFL or bust. I expect a very long lockout coming up soon, the players would be stupid to allow teams to continue franchise tagging them.

        1. I can see your point as far as software in another industry. We buy data centers take all the electronics out of them than pull the components out of them and scrap the chaises and sell the components to China, India and the Middle East.
          I have never had an employee leave and go into a field using the skills we taught them but I suppose maybe they could but the market we deal in is such a closed niche market I don’t think so.
          At any rate they come to me for a job and we invest a ton of time and money in them. In return they sign a contract. We expect them to abide by that contract. If they don’t we sue them.
          Property and contract law are fundamental American principles. Do these NFL players know the gravity of what they are signing? Who knows but there agents should have explained it to them.
          The franchise tag is the employers right under the contract. There are things an employee can do like renegotiate with the employer but there is no remedy under the contract that allows the employee to not show up to work. No court will side with Bell and in the end this is a contract dispute that Bell will lose in court and end up forgetting a huge amount of money. He thinks he will make that up with a tremendous signing bonus but his signature on a contract means much less now as I’m sure he’s about to find out.

          1. I agree he will lose in the end if he ever tried to sue with the way the current CBA is set up between the owners and players, it is within the owners rights according to the deal that was signed. I expect at some point when this current CBA expires for their to be a long ugly lockout. The players would be dumb to allow it to happen again.

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              If they do negitiate/strike for a new CBA, then I hope they eliminate the salary cap and make it like baseball. How many times must teams (Dolphins and everyone else) lose players who want to stay over financial considerations. All 32 owners are multi-billionaires. They can afford salaries.
              PLUS, the NFL has revenue sharing, so even small market towns like Buffalo get the same money to spend as huge national teams like Dallas.
              There’s no reason to have a cap in this day and age.

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