In the 1990s, former Vikings coach Dennis Green wrote a book outlining his plans to eventually obtain ownership of the team. Now, one of the players who rose to prominence in the 1990s has written a book outlining his plans to run for the position of executive director of the NFL Players Association.
The player is former defensive tackle Sean Gilbert. He once sat out a full season in a contract dispute, before eventually becoming one of the rare players to change teams in exchange for a pair of first-round draft picks.
In a new book called The $29 Million “Tip”, Gilbert outlines his concerns with the current labor agreement between the league and the players, proposes an 18-game season in exchange for three years to free agency, and announces his candidacy for the job held since 2009 by DeMaurice Smith.
Smith’s contract runs through March 2015. That gives Gilbert roughly a year and a half to put the wheels in motion for a challenge to Smith. Gilbert possibly hopes that his book, which argues that the new CBA shifted $4.5 billion from the players to the league, will spark the players to act before then. (The title comes from the small — in relative terms — bonus Commissioner Roger Goodell received in exchange for generating that much money for the 32 owners via the 2011 lockout.)
Gilbert has at least one obvious supporter among the rank and file. He’s the uncle of Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, and Gilbert has advised Revis through multiple holdouts.
The book is available at Amazon.com for anyone curious to see Gilbert’s arguments. We’ll be taking a closer look at all of it and likely sharing here the most intriguing concepts.
Until then, the most important thing to realize is that Smith, who was unopposed in 2012, will have a potentially viable challenger in 2015.