I was angry, not at Bleacher Report per se, but at the concept of the article. In the NBA, contracts are guaranteed, so you're stuck with bums (like JR Smith), but in the NFL contracts are 1 sided toward the owners, you can't even debate that fact. There are very few NFL teams really "stuck" with bad contracts.
After I read the story on BR, I said to myself "I bet half of those poor NFL guys are cut by Spring. They'll never see the value of their contracts." Then I remembered that I have a Blog and, well, let's see if I was able to see into the future.
Arizona Cardinals: TE Jermaine Gresham
Released by the Cardinals: March 11, 2019
Atlanta Falcons: DE Brooks Reid
Released by the Falcons: February 6, 2019
Baltimore Ravens: CB Jimmy Smith
One of few Ravens left from their 2011 Super Bowl.
What's the scorecard for 32 players with "bad" contracts?
Active Status with Same Team: 14
Option Declined: 2
Left in Free Agency: 2
Active (with Pay Cut): 1
So about half of those players are "gone." With Baldwin, Benjamin, and Ross still candidates for summer releases.
Tattooed J.R. Smith won the hearts of Cleveland Cavaliers fans with his hustle in the 2016 NBA Finals and charmed the city with his shirtless antics at the Championship parade. The Cavs front office then penned Smith to a 4 year - $57 million contract that was a bad, bad idea before the ink even dried on the paper.
Smith's blunder in the 2017 Finals, helped send LeBron packing out of town. Then in 2018, Smith didn't want to play for the Cavs, he wasn't having fun. Armed with a guaranteed contract, he was paid $14.7 million to play 11 games and then work out at home as a healthy scratch for the remainder of the year.
Smith doesn't want a buyout, he wants to be traded to another team. With still $15.7 million due to him next year, he needs to find a team that wants to pay him. The only teams that are sniffing around aren't looking for JR - the player, they're looking for JR - the uniquely-structured contract.
Could you even fathom Smith's situation existing in the NFL?