by Mark F. Pierce
To a great degree NFL salaries are set by the greater market for other players at the same position. That’s the goal, anyway. In the old what- have- you- done- for- me- lately NFL, the overarching objective is to pay players the most who are playing the best. That’s a good plan, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
For example, in looking at the Redskins 2012 projected salaries, several seeming salary aberrations immediately become apparent.
Most painful to me as a fan was the realization that former Mormon missionary and erstwhile quarterback John Beck is currently projected to receive 1.3 million dollars as a Redskin next year. That’s more than Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Roy Helu, Leonard Hankerson, and a lot of other great Redskins. I don’t know about you, but if I were Redskins GM Bruce Allen, I’d pay 1.3 million to John Beck if he’d agree to NOT be a Redskin next year.
Seriously, watching Beck play last year was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever had as a fan. I’m sure the coaching he received was not the ” never throw the ball more than 5 yards, no matter what” variety.