So why did the Ravens move when they did to do a deal with quarterback Robert Griffin III? The Ravens apparently were concerned that another team would make a move on signing him.
When working out on their own, NFL players have no financial protection, other than whatever insurance policy they may have purchased. When working out at the team facility, they remain Antonio Gates Jersey automatically eligible for their full salary for the coming season, if a fluke injury puts them on injured reserve.
Plenty of teams choose to still pay a player who gets injured while working out on his own. When the alternative is sitting on the couch eating pork rinds and watching bowling, teams prefer players to choose to be active. Given Beckham’s current relationship with the Giants, however, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Giants place Beckham on the non-football injury list and to elect not to pay him if he pops an Achilles tendon running on a beach.
At least NFL Europe enjoyed a lengthy run, unlike failures earlier this century that bled money until collapsing (the XFL and UFL), didn’t last for more than a heartbeat (the ill-fated Spring Football League) or never got off the ground (Major League Football and/or the All American Football League).
We want the players to do well, Polian said. Every Alliance contract is going to carry with it an ‘out’ for any player who has an opportunity at any time to go to the NFL.
We recognize we’re not in competition with the NFL. We hope what we do augments what the NFL is doing.