But what's not clear is whether all these players posturing for money is good for the image of the NFL or the quality of its product. The league has always benefited from the perception that the players' paychecks really do hinge on performance, and that a failure to produce could lead directly to unemployment. As players (and agents) get more strident in voicing their salary gripes, fans may begin to view them as no different than the me-first jocks in other sports. Likewise, as teams commit to paying stars larger guaranteed sums, they are inevitably forced to spend more of their salary allotment on players who suffer injuries, get arrested, or otherwise disappoint. There is a lot more dead money now, ... You're basically married to a player for at least two or three years.
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