Friday, June 11, 2010

Contracts. The Darrelle Revis and Cesc Fabregas story

I feel this morning like I am missing something. First Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas and now Jets loudmouth corner back Darrelle Revis. What is it about these people? Basically, it would appear both have signed contracts that they no longer wish to honour.

Just to take a step back and look at this from another angle. Say you, Joe Punter, are hired in a new job, some kind of random thing, 9-5 desk jockey kind of thing. So, day one, you sign a shiny new contract, detailing your employment conditions, your pay and such. They lock you up to a two year contract, for example, and everyone leaves the office happy.

After say, four months, it turns out you are really good at your job. You are one of the best in your field.

This is the crucial point, what happens next? Do you continue to work hard and provide good results and work towards getting a great raise and a new contract, when your contract runs out? Or do you get all Darrelle Revis on your employer and demand your contract is ripped up and you are paid differently.

All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis said he will attend the Jets’ mandatory minicamp next week despite his frustration over the slow nature of his contract negotiations. Revis said yesterday he is being patient, but still wants to be the highest-paid player at his position. He is due to make $1 million in the fourth season of his six-year rookie deal.


What is missing here? Darrelle, you signed a contract! That is supposed to mean something! You are supposed to be good at your job!! Don’t even get me started on Fabregas. The Spanish midfielder has a contract in place with Arsenal to 2015. He is paid very handsomely to do a job, which he does well. Everybody should be happy, right? Wrong! Fabregas will not put an end to the rumours that he wants to move to Barcelona.

If I was Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, I would print out a copy of Cesc’s contract, paste it up on his locker, and remind him that training it at 8 am the next morning. If he has a problem with that, stick him on the bench and tell him to get ready for some reserve team football.

Good God almighty, why do we let these spoilt brats away with this kind of thing? If I walked in to my boss tomorrow and said I want a new contract, he would laugh me right back to the desk I came from.

Honour your contracts, people!! Or is your signature worth muck?


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