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(Yahoo Sports)   First, Hurricane Katrina KOs the Saints 2005 season. Now Reggie Bush contemplates sitting out the 2006 season. Those Houston Texans are starting to look pretty smart   ( divider line
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2113 clicks; posted to Sports » on 22 Jul 2006 at 3:55 PM (10 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2006-07-22 12:48:11 PM  
2006-07-22 12:53:10 PM  
Greedy piece of shiat.
2006-07-22 12:53:47 PM  
what an ass.
2006-07-22 12:54:53 PM  
My wtf moment of the day so far. I bet he just doesn't wanna play for the Saints.

Not off to a good start, Reggie
2006-07-22 12:56:11 PM  
God dammit.
2006-07-22 12:58:01 PM  
Fark him. We've got Deuce. DIAF, Reggie.
2006-07-22 01:00:30 PM  
Amazing. What a farking douchenozzle.
2006-07-22 01:05:41 PM  
Forgive my ignorance, but if he was already drafted, how can he enter the draft again?
2006-07-22 01:07:25 PM  
Yahoo Source

Interesting, indeed.
2006-07-22 01:18:27 PM  
Agents have ruined sports
2006-07-22 01:30:25 PM  
It's the companies that signed him to endorsement deals that really lose out. What are they going to do, have an ad campaign like "Reggie Bush is a tool! Drink Pepsi!"?
2006-07-22 01:30:51 PM  
Seriously, though, I doubt he will actually forego the whole season. He'd easily lose millions of dollars just not playing for a year. Second, by not playing football for an entire year, his draft stock will likely drop a bit. Add to that the fact that even though he was clearly considered the best player in the draft, the Texans passed on him because of the direction of negotiations with the agen, and if he can't get a deal done with the Saints (assuming the Saints try to be reasonable with their offers), it's going to make teams even more hesitant to draft him because of signability questions. In all, I certainly doubt he would benifit finanancially from sitting out a year, and I don't think he's going to take that loss on principle. This is probably just posturing.
2006-07-22 01:44:36 PM  
Well, it seems Bush is a farking tool. I hope he sits out and doesn't even get signed and never plays pro-ball. I would laugh my ass off forever.
2006-07-22 01:50:03 PM  
John Elway pulled this same kind of shiat when he was drafted by the Colts. Another farking tool.
2006-07-22 02:32:28 PM  
Hilarious. Who didn't see this coming?
2006-07-22 02:39:01 PM  
Unreal. And I actually had a lot of respect for the guy when he came out and said he'd make sure to sign, no question.

/glad my fantasy football draft hasn't happened yet
2006-07-22 02:46:48 PM  
2006-07-22 04:03:27 PM  
Where can I sign up to cheer for millionaires who don't think they already have enough money?

Yet another reason why college football is infinitely superior to the NFL.
2006-07-22 04:05:47 PM  
If you didn't want to work for a shiatty company that's going nowhere, wouldn't you try whatever you could to end up working somewhere better?

} playing devil's advocate
2006-07-22 04:08:12 PM  
Send Bush to Canada. We do not want him!

Bush and beaver land go together.

Erp, Send him either to Canada or to Massachusetts.

Go Pats!
2006-07-22 04:08:58 PM  
TechieGirl: Forgive my ignorance, but if he was already drafted, how can he enter the draft again?

I believe, but am not certain, that if you fail to come to a contract agreement with the team that drafted you, you can re-enter the draft.

Drafting a player basically means that you are the only team that can negotiate with him for a certain period of time. It doesn't mean he has an obligation to sign with you.
2006-07-22 04:10:11 PM  
If you had $5,ooo,ooo in the bank, I'm sure you wouldn't be too anxious to sign a contract with a company that's based in a New Orleans either.
2006-07-22 04:24:27 PM  
Let me fire off a few points:

1) Houston Texans are idiots. They said drafting Howard had nothing to do with the money but felt he was the better player. They let go of a once in a lifetime player and didn't even trade for additional picks.

2) The Saints told Bush they would pay him like a #1 draft choice and now they won't do it. Now that's hearsay but regardless of whether it is true, how is Bush a douchebag for wanting as much money as he possibly could get? This is just business. Bush generates so much in business for the Saints that they'll recover whatever they pay him and then some.
2006-07-22 04:26:34 PM  
2006-07-22 04:27:01 PM  
Bush doesnt seem to want to sit out of the commercial industry......

You get to play a game for millions of dollars. STFU and play. The rest of us have real work to do for much less money.
2006-07-22 04:45:16 PM  
TechieGirl: Forgive my ignorance, but if he was already drafted, how can he enter the draft again?

See: Drew, J.D.
2006-07-22 05:03:49 PM  
Looks like Katrina might help Seattle get rid of their good for nothin Sonics basketball team. An owner's group in Oklahoma bought them and might move the team to there after the Hornets go back to New Orleans.
2006-07-22 05:08:56 PM  
1. Eric Lindros did this too right?
2. I make well under $30K a year, so most of this like talking to me about space travel. It's full of numbers so big and intangible, I just nod my head and say, "That's nice."
3. Go Jay Cutler, the Goon Apparent in Denver!
2006-07-22 05:11:52 PM  
If Reggie sits out, the Saints will end up with the #1 pick again and redraft him.

/I'd laugh
2006-07-22 05:22:13 PM  
Remember Brett Favre doing this to the Falcons?
2006-07-22 05:42:38 PM  
I make $38k per year working a fairly decent *albeit mind-numbing* job. I consider myself lucky because I know I somehow fell assbackwards into a cush job.
These farkstains "earn" $38k in like a game or two. That's 6 hours of work.
/Not bitter at all
//And no I don't care about how hard they supposedly work during training and yadda doodily. They're still overpaid assholes.
2006-07-22 05:53:35 PM  
That's pretty dickish of him, but in all honesty, I wouldn't want to play for a franchise in limbo either.
2006-07-22 06:28:38 PM  
Easy, only one first round pick has signed a contract, Mario Williams, which was agreed to before the draft and the only reason he went ahead of Bush. Take a look at the top five picks in last year's draft, for example. No. 1 choice Alex Smith signed with the 49ers on July 26, and fifth pick Carnell Williams signed with Tampa Bay on July 29. But No. 3 pick Braylon Edwards didn't sign until Aug. 11. No. 2 choice Ronnie Brown followed on Aug. 15 and No. 4 pick Cedric Benson held out until Aug. 29.

This is all about leverage so the agents can make there cut, Reggie will start for the Saints this season
2006-07-22 06:35:29 PM  
What idiots.

Seriously, what is that extra million a year going to do for him? He'll be able to buy 15 more cars he will never drive.
2006-07-22 06:51:23 PM  

you beat me to it.
2006-07-22 06:56:29 PM  
Saw that one coming... I seriously had my doubts as to whether he'd actually sign with the Saints.

This is precisely what is wrong with football today. Bluechips that pull in scads of guaranteed money, taking away legitimate opportunities from guys that deserve more money or even a shot in the NFL. I still don't think he'll be that good in the NFL regardless.

The truth is he's scared shiatless that he won't be good enough, so he wants that killer deal that will set him up for life, then he can flame out and not have to be accountable.

2006-07-22 07:14:51 PM  
confoosious 1) Houston Texans are idiots. They said drafting Williams had nothing to do with the money but felt he was the better player. They let go of a once in a lifetime player and didn't even trade for additional picks.

When your "once in a lifetime" player gets suited up and plays a real NFL down, we'll see if you're right. Currently they look pretty smart.

Actually, based on TFA, it sounds like this may really work for Bush. But he's taking a monster gamble with his career. If he sits out 2006, anything can happen in one year, which could make him worthless next year.

This is the one time that I agree with the NBA rookie contracts and capping them. Get out on the field, show us what you can do and, after a couple of years, we'll see what you're worth. Meanwhile, take a couple of laps around the field and get me a water when you're done.
2006-07-22 07:15:33 PM  
I blame Bush.
2006-07-22 07:50:36 PM  
I blame Bush.

For once, it is both pithy and appropriate. Well-played.
2006-07-22 08:04:33 PM  
TFA serves as even more leverage for Bush in the negotiation. I would hope Team Reggie realizes the value of lost goodwill if he were to fail to sign with the Saints. It may be 5 million in endorsements this year, but that number is sure to dwindle one year from now if he sits out the year. The lost year would create quite a P.R. obstacle for him to overcome in the future.
2006-07-22 08:04:55 PM  
reggie isnt such a nice guy like people thought
2006-07-22 08:38:35 PM  
I would hope Team Reggie realizes the value of lost goodwill if he were to fail to sign with the Saints.

Unfortunately for us, Team Reggie doesn't give a crap, and there will always be a team owner willing to take on yet another ego. I can't wait for Philip Rivers to fail miserably. Should cure the Chargers of throwing money at big-time rookies for a while... or at least until next year's draft when they trade Rivers for a higher pick, then sign that one for $100 million.

I seriously think the NFL needs to set a max payment schedule on draft picks. Number one gets X dollars, number two gets Y, etc... Then there's no arguing, no holdouts and far fewer wasted dollars on flameouts. And if someone decides to skip the draft, they must sit out two additional draft seasons before being eligible as a free agent. The NFL simply can't be sustained with all of these huge rookie contracts handed out over the last several years. The money has to come from somewhere, and it's usually the pockets of the good players that have proven themselves. Give 'em all one year deals for a set amount of money. Betcha they work hard as hell during that first year to show that they ARE worth the big dollars. If they're lazy and decide that they aren't making enough, then they've shown their true colors and can exit stage left.

This is by far the worst time of year for NFL football. Whining, demanding, manipulating and caving in... it's sad they are allowed to call themselves "professionals".

As a side note, this will hopefully serve as a wake-up call to sponsors. Guaranteed money probably isn't the best idea for unsigned rookies. I miss the days when someone had to actually DO something professionally to be worthy of millions of dollars. Hey... I might pick the winning lottery numbers next week because I've come close before and won smaller lotteries... how's about y'all give me a few million now for the good publicity?
2006-07-22 09:15:46 PM  

Good post.
2006-07-22 09:47:45 PM  
Screw that. Trade him to some other sucker willing to spend on an unproven rookie with an ego the size of his desired paycheck.
2006-07-22 09:50:54 PM  
Sporting Wood

Poor Post.

Max payment schedule is as dumb as Vince Young, objective standards to base how much you pay your pick ignores the teams intent for drafting that player and the importance of his position. Drafts are based on team needs not who necessarily is the best player/athlete left on the board. One year deals? so you can waste a draft pick for someone who plays a year for you? before being signed by another team.
Why should a player lose all bargaining power! They already are at the mercy of owners after they're first contract.
Who cares how much NFL teams spend on guarantees when they pay payroll soley from TV contract/liscensing income. People pay to watch Bush, ask Cinemax.
2006-07-22 10:10:44 PM  
didn't Ricky Williams do basically the same shiat?
2006-07-22 10:16:42 PM  
Ricky Williams did a lot of shiat. Probably up north in his apartment doing shiat now.

/great RB for Texas
//career went up in smoke, literally
2006-07-22 10:21:37 PM  
I can't wait for Philip Rivers to fail miserably.

Rivers was pretty durn good in college. Why do you think he'll fail?

/gonna draft all other positions first in fantasy football, then take Kitna and Rivers
2006-07-22 11:00:41 PM  
Bush was a jerk at USC too, it is just that everyone was too busy getting high off of the USC hype machine to notice. You can bet that He'll sign, however. Hell, the NFL may even give the Saints a few million under the table to happen. I mean, they need a good star from the LA Area when the team moves there in a few years.

/Elway didn't do this, he said he'd play baseball.
2006-07-22 11:04:49 PM  
jugaleaux didn't Ricky Williams do basically the same shiat?

No, Ricky did not. The worst thing he did (before his rookie season) was put on that wedding dress and pose with Mike Ditka. He did not hold out like this.

Of course this is not the first time something like this has happened. Just a couple of years ago, Eli Manning said he would not sign with the Chargers and would sit the year out. Luckily the Chargers and Giants were able to work something out and the Chargers got Rivers.

I think the jury is still out on Rivers. He really has not been tested and should be given a chance. Remember, the year prior to Rivers being drafted, Breese sucked big time. It wasn't until he had some competition in training camp that Drew decided to become a good quarterback.
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