We’ve seen it in the sports world countless times.
When the first domino falls in the trade or free agency market, a lot of times the buyer ends up overpaying. That in turn causes a whiplash of adverse reactions where every other guy waiting to sign just automatically picked up some extra cash.
It’s like a couple years back in the MLB. The Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a 330 million dollar contract.
The initial reaction to the Harper deal? Damn, Mike Trout is about to get PAID.
At that time, the league was still waiting on Trout to ink a new deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. A few weeks later, he signed the richest contract in sports history at 440 million stacks.
The same thing is happening now in the NFL. Because the Los Angeles Rams sent a dump truck full of draft picks to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford (along with Jared Goff), we’re all now just waiting for the inevitable.
How much is someone going to pay for Deshaun Watson?
The great Sean Salisbury discussed the market on The Dan Dakich Show Monday. Sean told DD that teams better be willing to pony up.
“Deshaun Watson is going to have more than two or three teams wanting him,” Salisbury said. “It will have to hurt your franchise to the point where you’re about to make the deal and you turn to the GM or owner and say ‘we are doing the right thing right?’ You’re going to feel like you got punched in the gut and will question it when you make the move.”
A lot of people question if Watson is going to get traded; And for good reason. A good benchmark to judge that on is if Wayne Gretzky can get traded, anyone can.
But it’s going to take a lot more than just a couple draft picks.
“No matter how much due diligence you do, to get a guy like Watson you need to feel it on your end,” Salisbury added. “Three or four first rounders, a couple second rounders, a third and a starter? You will feel that. And some will think it’s worth it.”
Wild times in the NFL man.
And this may just be the start.
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