I know we are trying to move past the Jason Peters trade, but I couldn't resist comparing how each of the FO's handled these disgruntled player issues since they happened almost simultaneously. I know that Peters didn't say anything last year which caused a lot of the challenge for Buffalo last season. However, a bold statement like this one really is telling how they are running their organization.
Eagles respond to Brown’s trade request
By PFW staff
April 20, 2009
Eagles CB Sheldon Brown has gone public with his desire to be traded, and his team is not happy about it.
Brown announced his unhappiness with the lack of a new contract. He signed an extension in 2004 that went through the ’12 season — his current deal — and says he wishes to be traded if a new deal isn’t signed.
The Eagles feel Brown not only mishandled the situation but that he is being paid fairly. The team issued a statement Monday:
“It’s very unfortunate and counterproductive that Sheldon has chosen to go public with his feelings about his situation. After thorough evaluation by himself and discussions with his family and agents, he chose to accept an extension of his rookie contract early that provided his family financial security for the rest of his life. It removed any concerns about health or performance that all other players in his draft class had to worry about. He has four years remaining on that contract and, after taking the signing bonus and his first two years of salary into account, we feel that Sheldon is being paid fairly. Focusing only on a player’s salary for a given year is not a valid analysis.
“There have been league MVPs, Super Bowl champion quarterbacks, and perennial Pro Bowlers who have been in a similar situation. All of their teams have required them to wait until their contract expired or there was only one year remaining before any adjustment took place. It is only in the most extraordinary, in fact, less than a handful of circumstances in the last ten years that any players two new years into a contract with three years left have been adjusted. We don’t think this qualifies as an extraordinary circumstance.
“Sheldon’s comments under the circumstances actually serve to devalue him in a trade if we were willing to consider it, which we are not.”