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DeAngelo Williams won't complain about his contract

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If it wasn't for this CBA nonsense he would have been paid.

As I have said before, JR is trying to lead the owners by not extending contracts and protect his business for possible lock-out.

We are possibly seeing the end of a lot of fan Favs in Charlotte. Davis/Kalil/Williams.

How would you feel if you had exceptional talent and your work refused to pay you because the owner wanted to make a point.

Richardson is also taking a long view. It's very possible that he knows he either gets to go to Davis/Kalil/Williams and say "I can now pay you this much, and no one else can really do better because of the new cap" or he gets to say "I can't pay you at all because I gave Williams that new contract and blew up my cap".

i wish i had more faith in JR, but i really beleive that the new salary cap will be about 20% lower that it was last year. that means we probably wont be able to sign all of our core guys with contracts coming up. since williams has stewart behind him, he unfortunately, may be more expendable than some of the other guys with alot of drop off at production behind them like kalil, or thomas davis.

i think we have about a 50% chance of losing him.

Exactly. I understand what Richardson is doing but what will be the cost? These players aren't going to thank him for his stance since in the end it really is a prelude to battling with the players union anyway in an attempt to take away some of the money they currrently enjoy. When it is all said and done Richardson will be seen as a businessman who was self-serving and did what was best for himself despite any problems it caused for the team or the players.

Which is fine right?

Just as long as everyone remembers that each player sees themselves as a business as well and will do what it best for them regardless of how it effects the Panthers or the team. Any loyalty that players had for the Panthers or Richardson is being eroded away. Players will go elsewhere just because they feel that they were being disrespected by the organization.

the sad thing is that while jerry is trying to be the role-model and make his business more profitable in the long run, he may be biting himself in the ass. if he loses alot of talent after this season, and the team isnt as good, then he will be subjecting his business to lower profits if he doesnt sell as many tickets or merchandise.

there are two parts to running a successfull business. First, you have to save as much money as possible in order to be profitable, but at the same time, you also have to have a quality product so that you will have loyal customers. richardson seems to only be considering the first rule at the moment.

I have a lot of faith in Richardson. He got the team here unanimously when no one thought he could land it in the first place. He's always paid a full cap, and he's never been shy about opening his wallet up before. But suddenly he has been this year. It may come across as being tight and just trying to save money, but the guy's got more than enough, he wants a winner.

Given that he's forgotten more about running a successful business than most of us could ever dream of knowing, I'm not going to be too critical of his approach. It's likely that in the long run it will seem like genius, even though for now he looks like Scrooge. And Williams knows it's a business, as do all the players. He's smart enough to say the right things, and let his agent work out the details. Not all NFL players are.

I love Williams, but I'm not betting against the Big Cat.

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If the players feeling are hurt enough over them not being signed to an extension, then I'll be happy to see them leave.

Seriously.

I read the same william piece. He happy and content. Yes, he wants to get paid (who doesn't), he going to honor his contract.

I'm not going to get upset over players deciding to leave (if that is what they decide).

That being said, y'all are making some huge ass assumptiions.

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y'all are making some huge ass assumptiions.

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Strong feelings/opinions shouldn't be based on assumptions.

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i dont get what all the b*tching and moaning about contracts is about .. for a fun fact .. just about every starter in the NFL makes more than the president every year .. nobody needs a new contract .. its a game .. if you love it play it .. if its all about money do something worthwhile to earn it.. playing football doesnt help anybody survive , cure diseases or help the world make progress its a past time these are grown ass men they need to grow up..

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I have a lot of faith in Richardson. He got the team here unanimously when no one thought he could land it in the first place. He's always paid a full cap, and he's never been shy about opening his wallet up before. But suddenly he has been this year. It may come across as being tight and just trying to save money, but the guy's got more than enough, he wants a winner.

Given that he's forgotten more about running a successful business than most of us could ever dream of knowing, I'm not going to be too critical of his approach. It's likely that in the long run it will seem like genius, even though for now he looks like Scrooge. And Williams knows it's a business, as do all the players. He's smart enough to say the right things, and let his agent work out the details. Not all NFL players are.

I love Williams, but I'm not betting against the Big Cat.

He knows a lot about running a successful buisness of course. All of the owners do or they wouldn't have the millions of dollars it takes to buy a franchise. It doesn't mean they don't make mistakes and screw up. And it isn't like he ever ran a football organization before so he has no prior experience doing it. Running a chain of food restaurants isn't exactly the same as running a football franchise. And this year is totally uncharted waters for everyone. With both his sons gone and new management in place, you can't say that what he did before is any model for the future and things could be totally different. Looking around the league richardson is taking this to more of an extreme than most any owner I can see. He might know something or might be like most men in their 70s, too focused on security and unwilling to step out and take chances anymore. Heart attacks and bypass surgery change a man and his values. I saw it with my father who is also in his seventies. No he isn't rich like Richardson but it about more than money. Football being a young man's game may ultimately extend to the FO and ownership as well.

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i dont get what all the b*tching and moaning about contracts is about .. for a fun fact .. just about every starter in the NFL makes more than the president every year .. nobody needs a new contract .. its a game .. if you love it play it .. if its all about money do something worthwhile to earn it.. playing football doesnt help anybody survive , cure diseases or help the world make progress its a past time these are grown ass men they need to grow up..

Seriously??? How do you feel if someone said why should you be bitching about your job. You make plenty more than mimimun wage. Millions of people make a lot less than you do and frankly billions of people went hungry today and you have plenty to eat. You should be darn happy just to have a job. Working is for the accomplishment of it and being productive not for the money.

Yeah it plays that well for players too.

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Strong feelings/opinions shouldn't be based on assumptions.

Strong feelings and opinons are always based on assumptions. Otherwise they would be facts and based on absolutes.

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I have a lot of faith in Richardson. He got the team here unanimously when no one thought he could land it in the first place. He's always paid a full cap, and he's never been shy about opening his wallet up before. But suddenly he has been this year. It may come across as being tight and just trying to save money, but the guy's got more than enough, he wants a winner.

Given that he's forgotten more about running a successful business than most of us could ever dream of knowing, I'm not going to be too critical of his approach. It's likely that in the long run it will seem like genius, even though for now he looks like Scrooge. And Williams knows it's a business, as do all the players. He's smart enough to say the right things, and let his agent work out the details. Not all NFL players are.

I love Williams, but I'm not betting against the Big Cat.

Ya, that's what I was thinking, maybe trying to save a little money now to pay some big contracts that will definitely be coming.

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He knows a lot about running a successful buisness of course. All of the owners do or they wouldn't have the millions of dollars it takes to buy a franchise. It doesn't mean they don't make mistakes and screw up. And it isn't like he ever ran a football organization before so he has no prior experience doing it. Running a chain of food restaurants isn't exactly the same as running a football franchise. And this year is totally uncharted waters for everyone. With both his sons gone and new management in place, you can't say that what he did before is any model for the future and things could be totally different. Looking around the league richardson is taking this to more of an extreme than most any owner I can see. He might know something or might be like most men in their 70s, too focused on security and unwilling to step out and take chances anymore. Heart attacks and bypass surgery change a man and his values. I saw it with my father who is also in his seventies. No he isn't rich like Richardson but it about more than money. Football being a young man's game may ultimately extend to the FO and ownership as well.

By the same token, having the heart attack may make him more reckless and willing to take big gambles. And not spending is as much a gamble as spending too much. The question isn't whether the behavior is extreme or whether it's a gamble, at least I don't think it is. I think the question is whether it will pay off.

There's another element at play here that I remember reading about but don't remember the details. The team president, or someone, operates under a strict set of rules where money is concerned. They're going to take in a certain amount regardless of the lockout because of the direct tv package. If there's a lockout though, that means that under the rules the president (or whoever) has to operate under, if we're too deep in the pockets of the players then a ton of other team employees will be laid off. Not the big names you all hear about, but stadium employees, janitors, secretaries, sales people, etc. That could be an influence as well.

It's hard to know what people at that level think. I'm hoping he's on the right track. At least we can agree about that. :)

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