Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, one of the players at the forefront of the league’s social-justice movement, met with reporters on Wednesday, for the first time since the President canceled the team’s visit to the White House.
Jenkins had nothing to say about the situation.
Via Sheil Kapadia of TheAthletic.com, Jenkins instead held up signs with handwritten messages, including one that said, You’re not listening. Other signs contained complaints about the realities of the criminal justice system, which Jenkins has been working hard to reform.
Why does that matter? Because contracts for defensive players haven’t really moved since Suh got paid. Von Miller’s 2016 deal, coming on the franchise tag, was largely the same as Suh’s, and landed at 78 percent of what Andrew Luck was making then. Quarterback contracts, meanwhile, keep moving up. Let’s say, based on those numbers, that Donald and Mack get 80 percent of what the top quarterback is getting.
Given that Owens played for so many teams — and routinely nuked the bridge back to each one — it’s possible that Owens realized during his initial visit to Canton that: (1) Hall of Fame weekend won’t be cheap; and (2) the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, and/or Bengals won’t be chipping in to cover the tab.
If Owens can instead persuade another network to televise an induction party, at which Owens would deliver his speech, the network would foot the bill for the event. And Owens would have a one-man Hall of Fame party that potentially will upstage the official enshrinement of Owens and seven others.
Interestingly enough, it was Bryce Callahan of the Bears who was tied with McCain. Callahan is regarded as one of the better slot corners in football, and his agent will surely take note of McCain’s extension. Callahan is scheduled to become a free agent after the coming season. For McCain, he’s getting a substantial raise after earning only $1,803,288 through the first three years of career, according to Spotrac.