I decided to write my first fan post based on things I keep reading on AP and elsewhere about BA and his "holdout" from voluntary workouts.
First off I completely understand BA is a professional and should do everything he can to get the best compensation possible. I think that any Chiefs fan would do the same in regards to his/her own career.
Now for the criticism. I recently graduated with a business degree. When I started looking for a place to start my career, long before graduation, I was only looking at the best positions with companies I wanted to work for. You might say that looking for a new career is a lot like being a free agent. BA was welcome to test the market for his services at LT and then he got Franchised. Under the tag he will make somewhere between $9-10 million I think. We have all heard how he wants to be paid like a top 5 LT and is refusing to play any other position.
As my own career search went on I began to realize something quickly during interviews. That even for the entry-level management positions, companies were looking for candidates with 2-5 years experience. They can do this because there are people with experience willing to work entry level jobs, largely since the economy has forced them to. So as I continued to lose out to those with more experience I had to change my way of thinking.
I had the idea that since I now I had my degree, I would be getting a good job right away. This is kind of like BA wanting top 5 money to only play LT. Much as I realized that the market for my "talents" was not as I was expecting, BA needs to look at the market for his talents. I have accepted that I may not get the type of position I wanted right now because the market is dictating that.
BA needs to look at the current market for LT's this off season and rethink his "holdout." There have already been several posts about the contracts of Jake Long, etc., that would suggest BA has unrealistic expectations. All around the NFL, players are taking pay cuts as the salary cap stays flat. Meanwhile, out here in the real world there are millions of football fans who are learning to live on less than they had or less than they expected.
For we simple football fans the market being poor can mean, getting laid-off, accepting a job we are over qualified for, or for some even losing their home. For Branden Albert, accepting the reality of a low market for his services should be a much easier pill to swallow. For Branden this means taking a contract similar to other LTs who have several Pro Bowls to his zero. Or perhaps, just maybe, Branden Albert could swallow his pride and become one of the highest paid Guards or RTs in the NFL.
Branden: I know it sucks when reality does not meet expectations, most Americans know that now. But the rest of us keep moving forward, instead of grabbing at money that isn't there. Because if you think that in the next few years teams are suddenly going to be rushing to pay you like you are an elite NFL LT, I think you will be very disappointed.