By Dr. Bill Chachkes-Executive Editor-Football Reporters Online
What do St.Patricks day, The IRS, and NFL Free Agency have in common? Their busy seasons all start in MARCH. As for the bank accounts of future “million dollar babies,” please don’t think that they are getting handed something for nothing. They are all expected to produce on the field or they can kiss most of that cash goodbye (See JaMacus Russel). These days there are lots of “incentive clauses” built into contracts, as well as “ethics” clauses for “behaviour of an unbecoming nature.”
A big part of the interview process when teams check out players these days, are surveys and “human science” driven conversations to determine if a player has underlying issues. Still, it’s easy to miss something if your not looking hard enough for it. NFL teams would do well to employ their own investigators so their local police departments don’t have to do the work for them when it’s too late.
(JaMarcus Russell at the 2007 NFL Draft)