A theory emerges on T.O.’s decision to skip Canton
It’s not entirely clear why receiver Terrell Owens won’t be participating in the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. One person with knowledge of how the ceremony works has offered a theory.
For the Hall of Famer, induction weekend can be an expensive proposition, with travel and lodging for multiple family members and friends, and the cost of a party commemorating the honor. As one source explained it, most Hall of Famers get financial support from the team with which they are most associated, or possibly from a sponsor.
For the Dolphins, it’s a significant financial commitment when they’ve got several other holes they need to plug if they’re hoping to contend in the near future. Then again, maybe with McCain and rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick under team control for the next several seasons, the Dolphins will finally have a secondary that can slow down Tom Brady and company.
One of the signs listed various NFL players under the heading True Patriots. The names included players like Anquan Boldin, Doug Baldwin, Richard Sherman, Torrey Smith, Devin McCourty, Chris Long, and Michael Bennett.
Throughout the session, which lasted more than two minutes, reporters continued to ask Jenkins questions. He continued to stand silently and calmly, displaying one sign after another.
More But this much is clear: These deals won’t be easy to do. And if Aaron Rodgers get his new deal with the Packers, which could have an APY north of $32 million, before Mack and Donald get theirs, it’ll be even tougher. There are a few reasons why these deals pose problems, starting with the gap between what quarterbacks make and everyone else does.
When free-agent Ndamukong Suh signed his six-year, $114.3 million deal with the Dolphins in 2015, the APY, $19.06 million, was 86 percent of what Ravens QB Joe Flacco, then the highest-paid player, was making ($22.13 million APY). When Texans star J.J. Watt signed his six-year, $100 million extension in 2014, with two years left on his rookie deal, the APY ($16.67 million) was 76 percent of what Rodgers ($22 million APY) got.