As time ticks and doorbells are left unanswered, the question shouldn’t be why Jason Peters is still holding out, it should be this — why wouldn’t he?
National Football League contracts don’t favor players. Get injured, and you’re tossed like Jazzy Jeff. Yet if a player exceeds expectations, there’s no way to squeeze for more cash. It’s a system that clearly benefits owners in what’s already the most profitable of pro sports.
To make a parallel, the hoopla surrounding Carl Pavano’s Saturday start for the Yankees puts this in perspective. Pavano has a 5-6 record in four years since signing a $38-million contract. He got hurt more than Jennifer Aniston, yet took every penny of the deal to the bank.
And if Peters gets a bigger deal, he’ll invariably forgo any and all fines incurred during the holdout. So why not stay home and catch up on the soaps?