St. Louis Rams OT Jason Smith has made $3.8 million since the NFL lockout began

The idea that players are not making any money during the NFL lockout is not exactly true. As you might expect, many NFL players are not seeing a dime right now for various reasons. Some are in that middle tier of players that don't sign big contracts and some are in free agent limbo. However, some players have continued to receive a paycheck since the lockout started, including St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Jason Smith

According to Liz Mullen from the Sports Business Journal, Smith has received $3.837 million since the lockout began. How can this be? Paychecks for Smith and other players are coming from deferred signing bonuses and option bonuses. Smith, the second-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, signed a six-year deal worth up to $61.775 million with $33 million guaranteed. He had a second-year option bonus of $16.3 million. 

Like I said, Smith isn't alone. Sam Bradford, with the biggest rookie contract in NFL history, is due a $17.974 million signing bonus this year, an interesting twist on the lockout. 

Listen, I don't begrudge the players for this; that's not the intent of this post. I think rookie salaries are ridiculous, but, like the lockout, I don't have any control over that. We the fans support the game, buy the tickets, merchandise, watch the broadcasts, etc. If you really, really don't like the salaries, the best thing you can do is turn off the TV and walk away from it all. Yes, it reflects some messed up societal priorities, but I've made my peace with the fact that the world's a rotten, unjust place. 

On the other hand, when the NFLPA says that players aren't making money right now, don't believe it. There's a class system among NFL players, which the NFLPA has tried to highlight, most notably in their opposition to the NFL's version of the rookie wage scale that would effectively freeze out those middle- and lower-tier players. Those are they guys that aren't making money right now, and paying a high price physically through average careers of 3 to 4 years. I realize they still make a lot of money compared to you and I, but it's not quite Albert Haynesworth money. 

Those deferred bonuses are also outgoing expenses for teams that will need revenue eventually too. 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Turf Show Times

You must be a member of Turf Show Times to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Turf Show Times. You should read them.

Join Turf Show Times

You must be a member of Turf Show Times to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Turf Show Times. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker