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Old 16.02.2019, 09:28 PM
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I know he's 'lost' some earnings, but if he's got the reported $80m then that's more guaranteed money than Aaron Rodgers got on his last contract extension. Only Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins got more. Plus, I bet some of that guaranteed money in those QB contracts is guaranteed for injury only.

If they awarded him this settlement because of lost earnings or evidence of collusion amongst the owners/league, then it would be strange if he had to give some back if he's signed. After all, they've obviously found CK/Reid were wronged in some way.
Not obviously at all. Often you just pay someone to get rid of them. Whatever they paid him won't represent anything except the value of getting rid of the lawsuit, is my guess. Bad publicity, management time taken by it rumbling on, the ongoing cost of lawyers to represent you, airing dirty linen in public (even if you win there may be bad things that come out or confidential things you don't want out there in public). An amount offered may factor in how much you are potentially on the hook for if you lost in court, but often it does not, especially if you are very confident of winning. Certainly in the area of litigation I personally work in, the sad reality is that it is almost always better business to pay someone off who doesn't deserve it than it is to fight and win. The only times where that isn't true is where the person suing you is in cloud cuckoo land with their financial demands. You may chose to fight it just to prove a point, but it's actually a victory that comes with a metaphorical punch in the stomach. And Kaepernick obviously wasn't in cloud cuckoo land.

None of us knows the details, but I personally think Kaepernick would have had a very hard time winning this in court. Not unless there was an absolutely smoking gun of an email out there somewhere saying "right, so we're all agreed - nobody hire this guy". If the NFL owners were colluding, they'd have to be pretty stupid to leave such a paper trail, especially as there are people with the financial means to get access to, you'd think, some pretty good lawyers who would have warned them about paper trails long before any discussions ever took place. The whole don't sign them argument falls flat with Reid anyway - because someone signed him. Then offered him a 3-year deal at the end of it for a lot of money. That drug testing claim he made really damaged his credibility as a claimant, I think. As for Kaepernick, he obviously hasn't signed, but his lawsuit is about collusion. And 31 front offices all independently deciding they don't want to go there is not collusion. Collusion requires a concerted effort to sideline him. I don't believe that ever existed. What we do have though is a league where talent has always needed to outweigh distraction to get you a job, a largely conservative ownership group and - I'd be inclined to guess - a largely conservative fan base as well. Ownership, independent of each other, decided they did not want to go there. Ironically, I can think of one team that almost certainly would not have been put off by Kaepernick. A liberal fanbase, with a liberal ownership and a young, open-minded head coach. The San Francisco 49ers. The team who signed Richard Sherman, fellow vocal protestor, last year. Too bad Kaepernick voided his deal with them and walked out. I'm also certain that if another front office thought they could get a net-net advantage over other teams by signing Kaepernick then they would not hesitate.
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Old 16.02.2019, 10:24 PM
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Not obviously at all. Often you just pay someone to get rid of them. Whatever they paid him won't represent anything except the value of getting rid of the lawsuit, is my guess. Bad publicity, management time taken by it rumbling on, the ongoing cost of lawyers to represent you, airing dirty linen in public (even if you win there may be bad things that come out or confidential things you don't want out there in public). An amount offered may factor in how much you are potentially on the hook for if you lost in court, but often it does not, especially if you are very confident of winning. Certainly in the area of litigation I personally work in, the sad reality is that it is almost always better business to pay someone off who doesn't deserve it than it is to fight and win. The only times where that isn't true is where the person suing you is in cloud cuckoo land with their financial demands. You may chose to fight it just to prove a point, but it's actually a victory that comes with a metaphorical punch in the stomach. And Kaepernick obviously wasn't in cloud cuckoo land.

None of us knows the details, but I personally think Kaepernick would have had a very hard time winning this in court. Not unless there was an absolutely smoking gun of an email out there somewhere saying "right, so we're all agreed - nobody hire this guy". If the NFL owners were colluding, they'd have to be pretty stupid to leave such a paper trail, especially as there are people with the financial means to get access to, you'd think, some pretty good lawyers who would have warned them about paper trails long before any discussions ever took place. The whole don't sign them argument falls flat with Reid anyway - because someone signed him. Then offered him a 3-year deal at the end of it for a lot of money. That drug testing claim he made really damaged his credibility as a claimant, I think. As for Kaepernick, he obviously hasn't signed, but his lawsuit is about collusion. And 31 front offices all independently deciding they don't want to go there is not collusion. Collusion requires a concerted effort to sideline him. I don't believe that ever existed. What we do have though is a league where talent has always needed to outweigh distraction to get you a job, a largely conservative ownership group and - I'd be inclined to guess - a largely conservative fan base as well. Ownership, independent of each other, decided they did not want to go there. Ironically, I can think of one team that almost certainly would not have been put off by Kaepernick. A liberal fanbase, with a liberal ownership and a young, open-minded head coach. The San Francisco 49ers. The team who signed Richard Sherman, fellow vocal protestor, last year. Too bad Kaepernick voided his deal with them and walked out. I'm also certain that if another front office thought they could get a net-net advantage over other teams by signing Kaepernick then they would not hesitate.
Thanks for going into more detail on this EB, especially as it's clear you know a lot more about this than I do.

I think if I'd used the word 'feared' not 'found, it would have been a more accurate version of my point of view. Both sides can claim a victory of one form or another, and I understand why a league worth billions would find it easier to just pay off and move on, but to the general public it still looks like a 'win' for CK. Imo.

As you say, we don't (and won't) know the details, and the NFL will be hopeful everyone can now finally move on, so I can see the 'win' from their perspective.
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Old 17.02.2019, 11:47 AM
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I see the Dolphins have added Reggie Mackenzie as senior personell executive.
This is where Stephen Ross perpetually fails to learn. Throughout his ownership he has brought in Front Office structures that are overladen with tiers of hierarchy or staff like McKenzie who 's presence immediately undermines the current GM.
Its always a case of too many cooks in the Miami FO leading to no one strong voice

I'd be very surprised if McKenzie is not GM for the 2020 draft
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Old 17.02.2019, 02:02 PM
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This is where Stephen Ross perpetually fails to learn. Throughout his ownership he has brought in Front Office structures that are overladen with tiers of hierarchy or staff like McKenzie who 's presence immediately undermines the current GM.
Its always a case of too many cooks in the Miami FO leading to no one strong voice

I'd be very surprised if McKenzie is not GM for the 2020 draft
The 'too many cooks' thought is supported by the Dolphins 'Front Office' webpage.

https://www.miamidolphins.com/team/front-office-roster/
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The 'too many cooks' thought is supported by the Dolphins 'Front Office' webpage.

https://www.miamidolphins.com/team/front-office-roster/
4 Vice Chairman, 8 Senior Vice Presidents ....... & Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas

Miami are doomed forever
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Old 17.02.2019, 02:21 PM
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4 Vice Chairman, 8 Senior Vice Presidents ....... & Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas

Miami are doomed forever
It would be interesting to know how many of those people actually have an input/impact on the football side of things? It's certainly a loooong list.

Maybe they should plug Mike Wahle ('Sports Performance' - Manager, Skills Development) back in at Guard and see how he fares. He might be an upgrade.
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Old 17.02.2019, 02:39 PM
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Good move by the Dolphins imo, thought McKenzie did a solid job overall in Oakland.
Aside from the '14 draft which netted Mack and Carr, McKenzie's time in Oakland was a mixed bag - a few too many reaches in the second round with the likes of Mario Edwards, Jihad Ward, not to mention DJ Hayden. Did get us out of salary cap hell, although it could be argued that any competent bean counter could have done the same. Perhaps got a raw deal from Gruden but I'd trust Mike Mayock a lot more than McKenzie to get the most out of our draft capital.
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Buffalo have released TE Charles Clay.
No surprise. There's no way they could trade him due the horrendous contract he was given.

Doug Whaley needs charging with fraud.

Clay is a decent TE but was never going to live up to what he was being paid. Talent and fitness wise.
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No surprise. There's no way they could trade him due the horrendous contract he was given.

Doug Whaley needs charging with fraud.

Clay is a decent TE but was never going to live up to what he was being paid. Talent and fitness wise.
had 2 good seasons in Miami then the Bills outbid them and found out he was just about average.

if he wants to play this season can see a league minimum with plenty of incentives.
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Old 19.02.2019, 04:51 AM
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Miami are doomed forever
Serena could play LB if there’s ever an injury crisis .... then throw a tantrum when the ref throws a flag for roughing the passer.
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