Czar Holmgren 'Uses' Galloway
In Seattle, the Seahawks' new coach, Mike Holmgren, is a candidate for the league's most powerful person since Vince Lombardi.
Having been assigned total control of the franchise by the club's new owners, Holmgren obviously decided, in his first move as CEO, to make an example of Joey Galloway, the wide receiver who wanted more money than Holmgren would pay and held out until last week in an unsuccessful effort to get it.
Clearly, the Seattle coach saw the holdout as an opportunity to teach the other Seahawks a useful lesson.
Galloway, whose catches beat Denver Sunday night in his first game back, 20-17, is the club's best player, and if Holmgren wouldn't give a salary raise to his best player, what hope did any other Seahawk have, this year or any year, in a salary argument with the coach?
From now on, Holmgren was saying, in effect, "I'll decide what each of you is worth, and give you each two decisions: Take it or leave it."
The money saved will help the Seahawks pay Holmgren his $4 million a year, the NFL's largest salary.
What's an NFL Contract Worth?
In NFL labor relations, one question is this: Does a player under contract have a moral obligation to keep playing--or is he justified in holding out for more money?
Definitely, he has that moral obligation, in the opinion of the many sports fans who have been criticizing Galloway all season for his greedy reach.
A player's signature is his bond, the fans and many media spokesmen say.
But it isn't quite that simple.
Until a player is eligible for free agency, he is on a one-way street in the NFL with any team that signs him to a contract.
The player is bound by that contract, but not the team, which can fire him anytime.
Although most NBA contracts are guaranteed, almost no NFL contracts are.
The thing to remember about NFL economics is that the money is there.
Someone is going to get it.
In Galloway's case, for instance, if it doesn't go to Galloway, it goes to Paul Allen, the billionaire who owns most of the team.