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Rams RB Todd Gurley says he, other NFL players, ‘mad’ about NBA contracts

Todd Gurley, Rams

In the realm of professional sports in the United States, the NFL has notably been behind the other major leagues in the NBA and MLB regarding the type of contracts that are given out to its players.

Over the years, it has become more glaringly apparent that each of these two other leagues has been able to offer their players more money on individual contracts that have far surpassed the likes of what many of the best players in the NFL have received. It is something that Los Angeles Rams star running back Todd Gurley has pointed as being an issue that he feels should be resolved at some point, according to Gary Klein of the LA Times.

“Us NFL players, we’re just mad about NBA contracts right now, that’s all,” he said. “I just want like $80 million. Those guys are getting like $150 [million]. It’s crazy. It’s insane.”

There is much truth to what Gurley is stating as there haven’t been any fully guaranteed contracts until Pro Bowl quarterback Kirk Cousins three-year, $84 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings that he inked earlier his offseason. Meanwhile, NBA players have the luxury of obtaining fully guaranteed deals as normalcies while buyouts of those contracts allow them to receive the full worth of the salary.

It is a major discrepancy that is only more puzzling given the fact that the NFL is easily the biggest grossing professional sport in the country that should allow for more of that revenue to be given to the players who are providing the entertaining product. On top of that, it is a physically taxing sport that deteriorates their bodies over the duration of their career where it often needs multiple operations to correct ailments that have lifetime effects that go well beyond their playing days.

With the current CBA set to expire in a couple of years, points like this from Gurley may come into play with the players’ union pushing for more money for its players on the next deal.