What is your take on the growing number of players who want Gene Upshaw out? Who would be a good replacement for Upshaw? (Alan, GA)
My take on the growing number of players that seemingly want Gene Upshaw out is that they believe the growing rookie salaries may be taking away from their “piece of the pie,” and I think it’s beginning to get publicized about how retired players are treated from the union. I’m not sure that the rookie salaries really affect veteran jobs all that much, but their frustration is certainly understandable. As for possible replacements, it’s hard to say who would be good because the job in question is very difficult and has many different responsibilities.
With Training camp starting up in about 2 weeks, do you think that both Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves will be in attendance? (Mark, Gainesville)
I believe all of the Jaguars draft picks will be signed and in camp on time. Harvey knows the importance of being in camp to compete for a starting job.
What is the holdup on stadium naming rights? Are the Jaguars holding out for too much "Jack" or is the sponsorship market that thin? (Dave, GA)
The quick answer is yes. Despite what George Bush may say, the economy is poor. Companies don’t have millions of dollars to throw around to sponsor a stadium in one of the smallest markets in the country. As for the Jaguars holding out for too much money, I haven’t even heard of any interested parties, so it’s hard to say if their “price” is ridiculous or in line.
What happens with a player who has been franchised, but their team fails to reach an agreement by the franchise deadline thing? (Jstreeson, FL)
As a general rule, players will sign their franchise tender because they get the average of the top five salaries at their position guaranteed, and they have little leverage to do anything but, aside from sitting out the season. The player is not required to sign the tender, but if he doesn’t, he won’t get paid.
Do you think the increased popularity and better coverage of the NFL can actually make Hall of Fame voting processes harder in the years to come? It kind of puts more people on a more level playing field because of more standardized coverage. Look at the players retiring this. That's a lot of potential first balloters especially if Favre indeed decides to not come back for another year. (SuperEWD)
That’s an interesting thought. I can’t think that more information on any kind of voting process will make things more difficult. Since there is more film available and Hall of Fame voters now get to see more games live on television, I believe there will be more knowledgeable voters than ever before, and the right guys should get in.
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