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Marcus Spears, Kendrick Perkins Voice Frustrations With NFL Contracts

“You got 5 or 6 guys that are making life-changing, generational money on each roster. But, because we talk about those particular individuals, especially the quarterbacks a lot, we’ve got this misconception that if you play in the NFL, you’re rich.”

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With the MLB’s collective bargaining agreement expiring Wednesday night at 11:59 PM ET, teams were handing out large, guaranteed contracts left and right over the past 72 hours. Jeff Passan tweeted on Monday, the total number of dollars doled out in free agency was already over $1 billion.

So, how do players in other professional sports leagues view the contracts that MLB players are getting? Well, on the latest episode of Swagu & PerkMarcus Spears (former NFL player) and Kendrick Perkins (former NBA player) dove right into that topic during the early portion of the episode. 

Spears wanted to make the point that while people talk about the big money that NFL players get, there are not many players on rosters that make that life-changing money we think they do.

“In the NFL, it’s not about if you are going to get injured, it’s about how bad or severe will the injury be. It’s Week 12. Everybody is hurt. This is what people don’t realize on TV when we are talking about these guys. You got 5 or 6 guys that are making life-changing, generational money on each roster. But, because we talk about those particular individuals, especially the quarterbacks a lot, we’ve got this misconception that if you play in the NFL, you’re rich.

“Now I know in the grand scheme of things, people would go crazy to make six figures. But, when we start talking about the professional leagues, relativity is important as we have this conversation.”

Perkins told Spears that the one thing NFL players can blame for not getting those guaranteed contract is the NFLPA.

“Everybody that I talk to when it comes down to NFL players and I’m like these dudes should be on guaranteed contracts. It’s not fair. I blame the Players Association. Y’all Players Association has to get stronger. I don’t know when, but it has to get stronger.”

While neither of them are necessarily ripping the NFL for not having baseball-type deals, you can understand the frustration that can come from Spears, especially when he looks at the comparisons between the NFL and the NBA/MLB.

“When it comes to the NFL, it’s 32 owners, the majority of them who haven’t played football. The NBA is player-driven. Ain’t nobody coming to watch the owners. If you don’t have a face of the NBA, you suffer. The ability for players in the NBA to say things when stuff happens like Donald Sterling. We know you are an owner, but you got to go…In the NFL, the money is generated from networks. They don’t have a real respect for what players are going through. That’s why a lot of former athletes show up on people’s TV screens working for ESPN because we’ve been through it.”

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Michael Irvin: ‘Shan & RJ Start National Conversations’

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

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Michael Irvin makes regular appearances on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. He is one of the many stars associated with the Dallas Cowboys that make time to talk to the hosts on the team’s flagship station. On Thursday morning, The Playmaker joined Shan & RJ and told them to be careful with the words they choose.

Irvin came on following a discussion of Mike McCarthy’s final conversation with the media for the season. During the segment, one of the host’s said it was the Cowboys’ coach’s “final conversation.” Irvin said that statement needed some clarity.

“You should have added ‘of this year’,” he said. “Because the national guys, they’ll pick it up and run with that.”

It isn’t just a matter of what was said. Michael Irvin says that the national media will pay attention to who said it was McCarthy’s final conversation with the media and jump to conclusions.

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

The hosts laughed as Irvin made the declaration. Maybe they enjoyed the characterization. Maybe they knew he was telling the truth.

Plenty of national headlines have been generated by appearances from Jerry and Stephen Jones on the station. Although, to be fair to Shan & RJ, K&C Masterpiece has been at the center of plenty of those conversations too.

That didn’t stop Michael Irvin distilling Shan & RJ’s role in the national media conversation about the Cowboys to a simple sentence: “Y’all starting mess out here.”

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Jeff Rickard Out At WEEI

“In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.”

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Jeff Rickard’s tenure in Boston did not last long. Chad Finn of the Boston Globe tweeted yesterday that the WEEI brand manager has left Audacy and intends to return to Indianapolis.

Rickard was announced as the new brand manager of the legendary Boston sports talker in August. He left his role as morning show host and PD at The Fan in Indianapolis at that time.

In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.

In the meantime, Ken Laird has been promoted to operations manager for the station. Laird announced yesterday that this means he is leaving the Greg Hill Show, which will be on the lookout for a new producer.

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David Ortiz On WEEI: Everyone Knows Dan Shaughnessy’s An A-Hole

“He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.”

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You don’t have to guess how David Ortíz feels about Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy. He is more than happy to tell you if you ask.

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame candidate was a guest on WEEI and afternoon host Lou Merloni asked. He wanted to know how Ortíz felt about Shaughnessy saying he would never vote for the Red Sox slugger to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

“You know that Dan Shaughnessy has been an asshole to everybody,” Big Papí responded.

He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.

“What can I do? Dan’s not gonna stop anything. He’s just one guy that didn’t vote for you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. But I mean, this is a guy who likes giving a hard time to everyone, so you’ve got to love him that way.”

For the record, according to BBHOFTracker.com, Ortíz has received more votes than anyone else on the ballots of the writers that have made their votes public. Time will tell if that holds up and he meets the 75% threshold for induction.

Dan Shaughnessy released his Hall of Fame ballot last week along with the rest of the Boston Globe staff. He only voted for Jeff Kent. He was the only one not to vote for Big Papí

David Ortíz will find out next week if he is in. He is one of four players with the numbers that make one think it makes sense for him to be in the Hall of Fame, but a cloud of doubt over him because of his past use of performance enhancing drugs.

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