Sport Chris, Kyle Long give thoughts on NFL players looking for more guaranteed money

00:35  13 july  2018
00:35  13 july  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Chargers lineman Russell Okung started a conversation last week on Twitter about how fans side with billionaire owners when players ask for more money.

He's not the only one who has thoughts on this. Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long and brother Kyle, who plays offensive line for the Bears, spoke to Omnisport Thursday about the NFL players' fight for more guaranteed money and the fans' reaction to the conversation.

"Why are you mad at players?" Chris said. "Players aren't complaining about playing football for a living. If we didn't want to play football, we wouldn't play football, but any job has a union or a negotiation that might not parallel completely cleanly to our CBA, but people negotiate for better benefits, etc., and it seems like some fans are knee-jerk, just because our lives are good for playing football, they want to side with billionaire owners, they're not pro-labor, even though, yeah, we have it good, but I think talking about a salary cap or talking about more guaranteed money, I think that's completely natural."

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Players who give away their future health as well as any ability to walk through retirement without a Frankenstein lurch have long complained about the Cousins’s sure money isn’t even the largest in the NFL . More than m of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford’s 5m deal is guaranteed .

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The average NFL salary is $1.9 million per year. NFL careers last an average of 3.3 years, according to the NFL players association.

"Not everybody makes a ton of money, they're going to have to go back to work and a lot of guys' bodies are completely wrecked and the game takes a lot out of you," Chris said. "So nobody's complaining about playing football — we love football, we play the game by choice, if we didn't love it we'd just quit, but everybody negotiates."

Kyle brought up another point, saying players simply don't want money for money's sake, but when they do have more guaranteed cash in their deals, they can do more with it.

"If guys are guaranteed more dollars, you'd see a tidal wave of guys coming in and giving more money away charitably," Kyle said. "I think that other athletes in other sports that are paid higher have more of an opportunity because their comfort level, financially, (is) to be able to make a bigger dent in charitable causes, and I think that (includes) guys like Chris, who are at the forefront, and there are obviously many other guys in the NFL who are participants in philanthropy, as my older brother, (who) are willing and able. But there are other guys on the lower tier financially in the NFL who are willing and not able to give away as much as they'd like to."

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