NFL Most Valuable Player Shaun Alexander has agreed to a $62 million, eight-year contract to remain with the Seattle Seahawks, his agent said Sunday night.
Jim Steiner said the deal is the richest ever for an NFL running back and will net the league's leading rusher over $15.1 million in guaranteed cash.
Obviously good news. If not for the fact that he was the leading rusher this year and set the single season touchdown record, then for the fact that he's never missed a game in his career and will certainly help lead the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl. Expect this team to be playing in the NFC Championship for the remainder of the decade.
And as for the current CBA negotiations and the possible coming to an end of the salary cap, I'm a bit torn. On one hand, what makes the NFL so great is the revenue sharing and the salary cap limitations that create equality amongst the teams. And with those restrictions removed, the NFL will end up being just like the MLB -- a case in which you're either a "have" or a "have not". Why I don't necessarily mind this -- much like my friends who cheer for those gluttonous Yankees -- is that the Seahawks are owned by one of the richest men on the planet. Remove the salary cap and you remove the one thing that keeps guys like Paul Allen from assembling the "best team money can buy". Now, as all of those Yankees fans know all too well, money can't buy team chemistry and it can't buy injury prevention. But, those small things aside, Yankees fans have to like their chances of winning the World Series every April and, without a salary cap, Seahawks fans would have to like theirs too!
I promise to never mention the Yankees on this blog again.