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NFLPA considering a $1 million bonus for DeMaurice Smith

Willie McGinest, DeMaurice Smith, Matthew Hatchette AP

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith had a busy year.  And he possibly going to have an extra reward for the work he has done.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that Smith could receive a $1 million bonus.

Per Maske, there is “considerable, but not unanimous, support” on the NFLPA Executive Committee for the payment.  A decision could come soon.  Maske writes that there is “some sentiment” to delay it.

On one hand, Smith didn’t receive a salary during the lockout, and he ultimately secured a labor deal that gives the players significantly more than the owners had wanted to share over the next decade.  The players will earn 55 percent of the new TV deals, which based on current estimates will translate into $3.85 billion in 2014.

On the other hand, Smith has been criticized for the manner in which several of the loose ends were resolved, including HGH testing, violations of the personal-conduct policy during the lockout, and the absence of a grace period for the return of drug testing under the substance-abuse policy.

Moreover, some have suggested that any money available to give to Smith should go to players who participated in the negotiations.  Men like Domonique Foxworth and Jeff Saturday devoted many, many hours to the process, without compensation for the effort.

The outcome of this specific issue could provide a hint regarding the renewal, or not, of Smith’s contract in March 2012.  If the members of the Executive Committee aren’t willing to give Smith an extra $1 million, they likely won’t be willing to rehire him three months from now.

We’ve got no position on whether Smith should or shouldn’t have his contract renewed, or whether he should get the bonus.  That’s an issue for the men he serves.  But he has been largely out of sight since the labor deal was resolved, and if he truly wants to stay on the job he’ll need to be far more visible in the coming weeks.

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41 Responses to “NFLPA considering a $1 million bonus for DeMaurice Smith”
  1. fittytuckin says: Dec 7, 2011 9:49 PM

    Good, maybe he’ll finally buy some lip chap.

  2. earthtopft says: Dec 7, 2011 9:52 PM

    Ho, Ho, Ho!

    Or maybe that should be HaHaHa! Or LMFAO! Or GTFOOH!

  3. indyseriesnick says: Dec 7, 2011 9:55 PM

    im not that sure who this demaurice smith is…

  4. earthtopft says: Dec 7, 2011 9:56 PM

    “Hey Mo, thanks for making us looking like dispicable fools back there. Here take this. No, seriously, I mean it….”.

  5. tommyf15 says: Dec 7, 2011 10:02 PM

    I love it, just because it’ll make the members of the “I Hate Everyone That Tries To Help The Players Club” members even more frustrated.

  6. flabtreesports says: Dec 7, 2011 10:04 PM

    I’d chip in.

  7. horsecore says: Dec 7, 2011 10:11 PM

    Man, think of all the hats he can buy with that kind of loot!

  8. gb4mn0 says: Dec 7, 2011 10:12 PM

    He’s a POS union pimp! People of his ilk are the bane of our economic stability.

  9. Soulman45 says: Dec 7, 2011 10:26 PM

    Did he earn it?

  10. nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 7, 2011 10:32 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Dec 7, 2011 10:12 PM
    He’s a POS union pimp! People of his ilk are the bane of our economic stability.


    Word. The NFLPA along with teacher unions almost sank our whole economy. I blame the colts 0 – 12 record on to much regulation.

    Go back to AM radio and stay off of here.

  11. jerlee7 says: Dec 7, 2011 10:35 PM

    Dear NFLPA, before you dispense the completely uselss bonus, I would like to throw my hat in the ring. I can offer as much as Smith (next to nothing) and am willing to offer my services at an extremely discounted rate of $200 per player. If you prefer, I can wear stupid hats and say idiotic things. I have also seen Godfather 1000+ times and can quote from it.

    Call me.

  12. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 7, 2011 10:36 PM

    Shaun O’Hara doesn’t think Mo deserves a bonus this year.

  13. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 7, 2011 10:39 PM

    He can use the money to buy some new drapes, a coffee maker, and a hat rack for his corner of Tammany Hall.

  14. bearsrulepackdrool says: Dec 7, 2011 10:46 PM

    So the players involved in the deal get almost blackmailed out the league. But, the union head gets a $1 million bonus?

  15. 4512dawg4512 says: Dec 7, 2011 10:51 PM

    Who cares, happy birthday T.O!!!!!

  16. ticalcaldwell says: Dec 7, 2011 10:55 PM

    he deserves it… it done…He is a big reason we all have football right now………Big Execs are getting bonuses for nothing…..He brought the world football………..PAY HIM

  17. trbowman says: Dec 7, 2011 11:10 PM

    I completely forgot about De Smith. Lockout’s a distant memory already.

  18. richm2256 says: Dec 7, 2011 11:15 PM

    I never thought I’d stand up for this clown, but he DID what the union hired him to do and MORE. Got them almost 4 billion in cake for zero cost. They owe dude something, a mil is the least they can do.

    Asfor sharing the money with the negotiating players, they had a vested interest; their fat contract. Smith didn’t.

    Pay The Man.

  19. gameover715 says: Dec 7, 2011 11:21 PM

    So……Smith didn’t receive a salary during the lockout, but yet he has a contract that ends in March of 2012. Wouldn’t the value of the current contract be relevant to this story? If I have no idea what he is currently making, how can I even debate the worth of a $1,000,000 bonus?

  20. theallegedone says: Dec 7, 2011 11:29 PM

    A $1 Million dollar bonus for the man who SINGLE HANDEDLY MADE THE NFL LOCKOUT LAST MONTHS AND MONTHS? R u kidding me!? The lockout didn’t end until this man finally shut his mouth. I wouldn’t give this man a $3 tip on a $10 tab if he was my server at Denny’s!

  21. claymath52 says: Dec 7, 2011 11:29 PM

    Wait, someone is getting a million dollar bonus?? #occupythenflpa #sarcasm

  22. tommyf15 says: Dec 7, 2011 11:31 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool says:
    So the players involved in the deal get almost blackmailed out the league.

    As if that almost happened.

    Someone needs to take your internet away.

  23. CowboyErik says: Dec 7, 2011 11:32 PM

    I say give it to him so he can get a facelift!!!! He need Michael Jackson’d!!!

  24. skolvikesskol says: Dec 7, 2011 11:33 PM

    The nlpa took the players 10 years back. They make an overall smaller piece of than ever and they are not taken care of after they retire…. This guy is a joke… Donald fehr must get paid like a billion dollars for his work in mlb. It wld only b fair

  25. gb4mn0 says: Dec 7, 2011 11:46 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says:
    Dec 7, 2011 10:32 PM
    gb4mn0 says:
    Dec 7, 2011 10:12 PM
    He’s a POS union pimp! People of his ilk are the bane of our economic stability.


    Word. The NFLPA along with teacher unions almost sank our whole economy. I blame the colts 0 – 12 record on to much regulation.

    Go back to AM radio and stay off of here.

    I must have touched a nerve with a typical teacher’s union stooge.

    It must hurt your feelings knowing the teacher union scams are being exposed?

    Are you getting worried that you could lose your government check?

    Slither back under your rock with your copy of “Rules for Radicals” and stay off here.

  26. jagerbmb says: Dec 8, 2011 12:37 AM

    I didn’t support Smith during the lockout, I was a critic of him…

    However, we only need to look at the results, and as a comparison the NBA and their clusterfudge.

    Smith earned a bonus. The NFL didn’t get all they wanted, the NFLPA didn’t get all they wanted. We Football fans all got what we wanted, Football with no missed games.

    For that Smith and the Commish deserve whatever bonus that they get. For all their faults, we didn’t miss any games.

  27. mjkelly77 says: Dec 8, 2011 12:47 AM

    How about presenting him with a $1 million invoice for being an impediment to a settlement of the lockout? All he did was drag his feets so he could pad his pocketbook.

  28. oscojoe says: Dec 8, 2011 1:49 AM

    So some players are miffed about the Drug testing, violations of player conduct and Grace periods.

    What does this say about NFL players?

  29. asublimeday says: Dec 8, 2011 1:55 AM

    Screw this turd. He never should’ve been elected.

  30. acieu says: Dec 8, 2011 2:06 AM

    Perhaps this is a planted trial balloon to test the waters with the membership. Why not reward the player union officers if you have money to spend.

  31. txnative61 says: Dec 8, 2011 2:55 AM

    I admit I don’t know the in’s and outs of the negotiations, or who benefits more. As a fan, I know we have a season. As union head, the buck stops with him, as the face and mouthpiece of membership. He lost salary, so pay the man, the job got done. No opinion on renewing his contract, since I’m not a member of NFLPA.

  32. georgevisger says: Dec 8, 2011 3:04 AM

    Congrats Dee,
    Maybe you can loan me enough to pay for my hotel room for next week (Motel 6 since we lost the house 3 months ago).

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  33. reptar24 says: Dec 8, 2011 3:19 AM

    Why must people hashtag on here…? This is not Twitter, people. Please, please stop.

    Give the bonus to the people that actually did the work. All this guy did was bask in the spotlight.

  34. arrogantathlete says: Dec 8, 2011 5:16 AM

    The players are so dumb…this guy gave the owners what they wanted.

  35. qdog112 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:14 AM

    Give the man the money. He kicked the owners’ collective butts! No longer do the owners have Gene Upshaw in their hip pocket. Smith will be their equal at the bargaining table and that’s what bothers so many of you. You should all be negotiators for the owners.

  36. famucancer says: Dec 8, 2011 7:16 AM

    Encouraging CAC responses is so PFT.

  37. fwippel says: Dec 8, 2011 8:15 AM

    I’m sorry, but I don’t see any justificiation for doing this.

    Smith was an obstacle to reaching an agreement, and his decision to de-certify the union, and then turn around and ask a court to re-instate an agreement between the owners and a union that now no longer existed was a desperate gimmick.

    The previous CB allowed the owners to opt out, and all 32 of them chose to exercise that option. Smith wasted several months disputing that fact, until the players finally had a ‘come to Jesus’ meeting with him, and told him to get a deal done.

    The only justification for giving Smith a ‘bonus’ would be as a going away present. Rumor has it that Smith wants to get into politics. A buyout in the form of a bonus might be the best first step on the way to find a better player rep.

  38. brettfavresmidget says: Dec 8, 2011 8:26 AM

    D. Smith and his lockout are the reason the young Dream Team didn’t have time to gel. Andrew W. Reid is furious at this news.

  39. rajbais says: Dec 8, 2011 8:39 AM


    The revenues were going to rise ANYWAYS, but your share of it will be lower than before!!!!

    Let him look legitimate enough for leadership renewal after March 2012!!!!

  40. mizzouram says: Dec 8, 2011 9:29 AM

    Didn’t this guy help to avoid a canceled season and implement a rookie wage scale? Hell, pay him AND Goodell. Good job!

    BTW, its good to see another post that brings all the anti-union scabs and wanna-be aristocrats out of the woods. The good 0l days.

  41. nfloracle says: Dec 8, 2011 10:17 AM

    Man, I’d be stunned out of my shoes if I ever got even a $1,000 bonus, which will never happen at my job since I’m about to be downsized out of work anyway, along with a lot of other guys like me who haven’t been working at this place for over a dozen years.

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