Fair may not be the best way to look at this.
Comparable sure. All those factors are considered but then it becomes hair splitting.
The team will or should at least benefit more than the individual. JR did come out of pocket and invested and took on known risks and has been compensated accordingly.
And I'm no Richardson apologist.
And I appreciate JR for doing so I own a business so I am all for owners making a profit.
But from Cam's perspective.. a football player with at least 1 pro bowl @ QB is going to have a roughly 11 year career. JR or whomever owns JR's team will make money as long as they own the team. A lot of people as fans say things like 20 Mill a year is 2 much. This makes me kick a baby seal.
The team benefiting more than an individual is one thing. However the product is the players. The salary cap is a "SELF IMPOSED" spending limit by the owners. It's a system put in place to keep teams from spending more than other teams under the pretense of competition. There was a reason the owners were adamant about not going to arbitration and not opening the "books". Cam has been making JR waaaaaaaayyyy more than 20 mill per year. Factor in the increased visibility that Cam brings his actual contribution to the Panthers far exceeds his salary. Factor in that he has been making less than 5 mill the past 4 years the scales have been firmly entrenched in the Richardson camp.
Also the salary cap is at around 50 % of NFL "on the books" income. So it comes up to about 4.5 bill for the players and 4.5 bill for the owners. So JR is making bare minimal 143 mill a year. Not counting the other stuff .. parking, local marketing, local sponsorships etc. Also factor to that , the Panthers are doing nothing but going up in price.
I think if anything the owners are making out like Bandits. I just want Cam to be payed fairly. Jonathan Stewart has made more than Cam in the last 2 years than Cam in has in his career. Hell Jamarcus Russell has made more than Cam..... ok that's picking an extreme to make a point. Jamarcus Russell has made more than a lot of good players.