Asante Samuel is a damn fine football player. He knows it. The Patriots know it. So does the rest of the NFL, so that's why they slapped the franchise tag on him.
If he signs the tender, it will earn him 7.79 million freaking dollars. But that's not good enough. He's pissed. He wants a long term contract. He's going to sit out. Not just training camp. Not just preseason. He's going to bake cookies and watch the kids until week 10 of the regular season, according to ESPN.com:
"I'm not coming to camp. I'm not showing up until the 10th week [of the season]. I feel unappreciated. The way they're treating me is just wrong."
So now, as average-joe football fan, I am pissed. Pissed that the franny tag even exists in it's current form.
It used to be a nice compromise between players and teams. But not anymore. There is so much money involved in the contracts these days that when a player in his prime signs a one year tender, it presents a tremendous financial risk. If they sustain an injury, the prospects of them receiving good contacts in future years is relatively meager.
But I'm admittedly torn, however. The flip side of this -- you're a freaking millionaire, Asante. Shut up and play the game.
It's time that the NFL revise the franchise tag system. Richie Cunningham, are you listening?