Tuck's Takes: No automatic tickets to Canton, Brett Favre drama, more
Like most people who follow the NFL, I assumed
Then I read
Who would have thought
The point is that unless you are one of the truly untouchables like a
It took all of 30 seconds for me to realize the keys to
The key is to attempt to compile all of the young players around the league drafted after the first round that have already proven themselves to be quality NFL players but have not yet received their second contracts. That is where all of the value is, both in the real NFL and in the Salary Cap Roster Challenge. Unlike the NFL, where you have to draft well in order to create that value, the Salary Cap Roster Challenge allows the combatants to selectively scour the league and scoop up all of the young players that have clearly outplayed their rookie contracts, thereby creating an enormously attractive value proposition for both their actual franchises and their virtual Roster Challenge teams.
Players that produce at a high level for a relatively paltry sum include the Saints'
The other place where you can add a lot of financial value in this simulated game is to pick up the players that have expressed an overwhelming desire to get a new contract that compensates them more commensurately with similar players at their position around the league. More often than not those players are indeed underpaid.
I would snap up the Bills'
Though the Salary Cap Roster Challenge only looks at the 2008 cap number and not the guaranteed financial commitment being given to these players, the same basic tenets of success remain. It is all about drafting well and locking up your free agents early at a slightly below-market rate.
Especially when it is a virtual game and you don't really have to be there when they come by your office demanding more money.
As a recently retired player, I often put myself in the shoes of the other players around the league as certain stories evolve in an attempt to gauge how I would feel if I had been put in the same situation. The
It is easy to understand how Favre feels because I feel much the same way. Though Favre is clearly a much more accomplished player, not a day goes by I don't wish I was getting ready for training camp. The idea of football being difficult to give up is something almost anybody who ever played the game can relate to, no matter when they hung up their cleats. It is not easy to say goodbye to your first love, and Favre appears to be living proof of that. There is nothing that can really replace it. Nothing.
Though he may
Privately, though, he has to be stewing. The NFL is a tough business and is not about what is fair or not, but clearly Rodgers has to be wondering whether or not he will get his opportunity to show what he can do with his career. If I were the Packers' management, I would be very concerned with his psyche. Rodgers wouldn't be human if he didn't wonder on a daily, if not hourly, basis about what the future holds. I am sure the Packers have tried to provide him with some assurances, but it doesn't appear as of yet that even they know what they are going to do if Favre comes back.
If I were any other player on the Packers' roster, my thought process would be much less complicated than it is for Favre or Rodgers. Who gives me the better chance to win more games in 2008? That is all that matters.
Unlike management or perhaps even fans who are concerned with the long-term success of the franchise, players never look that far ahead. In fact, we are conditioned not to. Most players with whom I have spoken to around the league feel the Packers would be a better team in 2008 with Favre under center and because of that they have all said they would welcome him back with open arms.
That is why I feel for Rodgers throughout this ordeal. Deep down he has to know that most of the guys in his locker room would love to have No. 4 back in a Green Bay uniform.