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Details on Donald Butler’s deal still not available

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On Friday, Chargers linebacker Donald Butler announced via Twitter that he has signed a new contract with the team.  More than 24 hours later, the only available detail is that it’s a multi-year deal.

There have been no reports about the money to be paid.  No information about base value, annual rate, signing bonus, guaranteed money.  Nothing.

Teams and agents recognize a 24-hour rule when it comes to news of player contracts.  If the terms aren’t leaked within 24 hours after the contract emerges, the terms aren’t worth bragging about.

In this case, the terms may not emerge until the contract is officially filed with the NFL and NFLPA.  By then, the media likely will have moved on to other things, with no one pointing out that maybe Butler didn’t get the kind of contract he was hoping to obtain.

In fairness to Butler, there’s also a chance Butler simply doesn’t want his financial information to be publicized.  Some players realize that nothing good comes from having friends and family members know too much about how much a guy is making, because then folks will start to show up to pat the player on the back with one hand while extending the other palm, flat and open and empty.

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7 Responses to “Details on Donald Butler’s deal still not available”
  1. meatcarroll says: Mar 1, 2014 5:17 PM

    This guy was such a baller at UW, even shined on some terrible teams. I’m so happy that he’s not only starting in the league, but earned a great contract extension too. Always played the game the right way and he was really nice when we randomly met through Craigslist once to buy my Nikes, haha.

  2. jacobslatter says: Mar 1, 2014 5:45 PM

    The Butler did it. In the library, with the lead pipe.

  3. thevikesarebest says: Mar 1, 2014 6:18 PM

    That’s laughable.

  4. raiderapologist says: Mar 1, 2014 6:54 PM

    Charger fans approve of this deal. All three of them.

  5. mrgroovesd says: Mar 1, 2014 9:27 PM

    Does it matter what the numbers are? He’s resigned and that’s all that matters.

  6. tennfan says: Mar 2, 2014 4:01 AM

    does it really matter or is it anyone else business what any player in any league makes or takes home at the end of the day ? As if me, I would not want everyone in America knowing what I made either. I am happy that Butler is staying with the charger team and wishing him and the rest of the Charger team a very happy (& winning) season and most of all a season with very, very few injuries over the season.

  7. joetoronto says: Mar 2, 2014 4:51 AM

    The contract is hidden with their Super Bowl trophies.

    When you find the contract, you’ll find the trophies.

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