Worst ContractJuly 1st, 2014
Joe has never been a salary cap guy. The subject not only always bored Joe, but in Joe’s eyes, the salary cap was white noise. When someone can prove to Joe that spending X-amount produces Super Bowls, then Joe will listen and begin paying attention.
In fact, recent history showed spending to the max (Danny Snyder, Jerry Jones) often was a precursor for average to below average teams.
Football is all about blocking and tackling, not scribbling a signature on a check.
Now there is a site out there Joe respects, OverTheCap.com, even though Joe rarely visits. It was interesting that the salary-focused crowd there decided to highlight what they deem the best and worst contract for each team. In the “worst” file for the Bucs is safety Dashon Goldson.
When we mention how the Buccaneers salary structure often leads to over-paying and over-guaranteeing contracts there is no better example to point to than the $8.25 million a year contract signed by Dashon Goldson in 2013. The Goldson contract was a shining example of everything that was wrong with the Buccaneers and the way the front office misread their team potential, opting to throw money at anyone that had a resume.
Goldson received $22 million in guarantees, all of the no offset variety, meaning they could not release him to find any relief in the event he did not play well. It made no sense given Goldson’s age (29) at the time and the fact that he was a primary beneficiary of the 49ers defensive schemes. At the time of signing the gold mark for the position was Eric Weddle of the Chargers who was an all around world class player who was just 26 years old when extended. Goldson surpassed that contract to earn his spot at the top of the market.
The best comparison I could come up with for Goldson was LaRon Landry of the Colts. Landry was also an older player when he signed with Indianapolis and also a big reputation player. Landry ended up earning $6 million a season with $11 million guaranteed on a contract that many thought was too high for what he brought to the game. Goldson’s salary is in a complete different class than Landry’s.
One reason Joe doesn’t pay much attention to salary cap analysis is represented by the glaring omission in this article. The main reason why Goldson’s contract may be a dragging weight to the Bucs is fact Goldson missed three games last year due to a combination of suspensions for blatantly ignoring the new NFL rules and for being hurt.
Joe excuses injury. There isn’t one player Joe can think of that actually wants to be hurt. What frosted Joe was Goldson’s flagrant disregard for new NFL rules. Like them, hate them or love them, the rules are the rules and virtually every NFL player adjusted or learned to adjust to the new touch football except Goldson.
As Joe’s old man used to say, it’s one thing to be stubborn but quite another to be stubborn and dumb.
By Goldson flipping a one-figured salute to NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell, he not only cost himself hundreds of thousands of dollars but let his team down, a team that desperately needed his services.
And none of that has anything to do with the salary cap.
Joe likes Goldson as a person. Good guy. And you should see all the extra time Goldson took last year to help out younger teammates after practices. And that’s just what Joe saw with his own eyes. Those actions were beyond admirable.
What was anything but admirable was how Goldson let down his team by virtually spitting on the NFL rule book. Joe’s going to guess Bucs coach Lovie Smith won’t tolerate that for a second.