If the new CBA remains the same as it was before, which I believe it does in this area, then only after your 4th vested season (5th yr) does the following rule apply: if you make the opening day 53 man roster then you will be paid the entire season salary regardless of what happens after-- which is why you typically would see veterans being cut before then. In any other situation, barring some special clause in the contract, you are only paid "guaranteed money," which is not your season salary. Game checks are paid on Mondays after the game (if I'm remembering right) every week, for 16 weeks (and after each playoff game).
Originally Posted by darvon
As far as the situation being discussed-- the truth is no one is cut to "cover a coach's butt." Anyone cut in this situation must've been on his last leg anyway, with any number of factors we may not know about (whether personal or professional) influencing the situation. But Amy's right in her statement about the unfairness of it all-- regarding contracts (because players are expected to abide forever-- but owners can do whatever they want), and as a fan growing up I too was angry at "greedy players who held out," that is, until I became an NFL player myself and learned how the business works-- and it IS A BUSINESS first and foremost, unfortunately not the magical, nostalgic game they market it to be...
He may or may not deserve to be cut regarding his talent level, but as in the situation with Carson that I would rather not dive into again, when they [ownership] don't have to abide by their contracts but we are expected to-- I just don't think that's right. Life's not fair, it's true, but that doesn't mean anyone should just shrug their shoulders and look the other way either.
Lloyd: "swimm?? swami?? s-s-slippy? sssslappy?? slimmon...sommon...simmons..swaa..swan..swanson..s wanson??"
Harry: "maybe it's on the briefcase, look on the label-"
Lloyd: "Oh Yeah!! It's right here-- SAM-SO-NITE. I was way off."