“Nike ego takes over,” 1500-meter runner Will Leer told me. “They never let something happen on your terms. They want to solidify the power structure—they have all the power, the athlete has none.”
Josh Norman will be the NFL’s best-paid cornerback after signing a five-year, $75m deal with Washington today that guarantees at least $50m for the former Panthers star.
There doesn’t appear to be anything especially crazy in Urban Meyer’s new contract, but along with a salary bump that at least nominally makes him higher-paid than Jim Harbaugh, the coach of the defending college football champs locked in some nice buyout figures, should Ohio State decide to fire him before…
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has agreed to restructure his contract with the team so that most of the $9.75 million he was set to earn this season will no longer be guaranteed.
Cleveland.com has an interesting look at the details of LeBron James's contract with the Cavaliers, and why it's a certainty that James is going to decline his player option this summer, and again the summer after that. It's flexibility, sure, but it's also tens of millions of dollars.
It's time for the biennial "Tom Brady restructures his contract" news cycle, and it always goes the same way: the initial release, passed along by a useful media mouthpiece, makes it seem as if Brady is forfeiting money to help the Patriots afford to get him better teammates; then, the details come out, and it emerges…
In a move sure to be universally lauded by fans of the other 29 teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins have extended goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on a four-year deal with an average annual value of $5.75 million.
"Uhhhh ... yayyyyy."
Late last night, the Houston Texans and defensive end J.J. Watt agreed to a massive contract extension that will make Watt the highest-paid defensive player in the game, and it's hard to find anyone arguing he doesn't deserve it.
Quarterback Alex Smith was set to be a free agent after this season, but the Chiefs locked him up today with a four-year extension that reportedly came with an enormous amount this year.
Yesterday, Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith signed an enormous eight-year extension, valued at $110 million over 10 years. Today, Dallas is telling everyone that it guarantees Smith will be a "Cowboy for life." As we know by now, the numbers in NFL contracts are bullshit. But this is outrageous enough bullshit that…
We've learned long ago that the reported figures for big NFL deals should be ignored until the actual details emerge. So when Colin Kaepernick signed a contract that "could be worth $126 million through 2020," I hope you didn't believe either of those numbers. This is a below-market deal that ends whenever the 49ers…
Today, the Astros signed prospect Jon Singleton to a big contract extension before he's played a game in the majors. It's a bit of baseball history, but more than that, it's an undeniably great move for Houston, and a look at the future of how small market teams will attempt to stay competitive.
The Angels signed Mike Trout to a six-year $144.5 million contract extension that will keep him in Los Angeles and Anaheim through 2020. It's not exactly Miguel Cabrera money, but Trout now has a long term, multi-million dollar deal that lasts into his year 29 season. Trout will then become a free agent and still be…
ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne reports that the Dodgers and ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw have agreed to a seven-year, $215 million contract. That's the biggest contract ever for a pitcher, surpassing Justin Verlander's seven-year, $180 million deal with the Tigers.
Tuesday, we brought you a 2007 confidentiality agreement between then-rookie J.J. Redick and model ex-girlfriend Vanessa Lopez, a bizarre contract that stipulated Redick would have to fake his relationship with Lopez in exchange for her getting an abortion. Today we've obtained more emails and documents showing the…
The Nashville Predators just signed forward Richard Clune to a two-year, $1.7 million contract extension. Shortly after signing his deal, Clune posted the above photo to his Twitter account, thus revealing what his real contract demands were. Those demands, unfortunately, were not met.
Ryan Howard's five-year, $125 million deal is the worst contract ever, according to ZiPS projections. Yes, even worse than A-Rod's. (Albert Pujols's could give Howard's a run for its money, though.)
On Tuesday, Alex Rodriguez revealed to the world that he's been cleared to play in games again. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said A-Rod "should just shut the fuck up." Here's what Rodriguez is thinking: The Yankees should pay the fuck up. Because whether he plays again this season is a $22 million question.