Browns release Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

AP

More than a year after a torn ACL suffered in practice derailed his hopes of being a first-round draft pick, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu continues to try to re-establish his football career.

The Browns have announced that Ekpre-Olomu has been released. He’ll now be subject to the waivers system. If he clears waivers, he’ll become a free agent.

Cut with the “non-football injury” designation, Ekpre-Olomu’s knee apparently has still not fully recovered from the December 2014 injury.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the 49ers make a claim for Ekpre-Olomu, given that coach Chip Kelly recruited Ekpre-Olomu to Oregon.

Ekpre-Olomu reportedly received $3 million from an insurance company as a result of the injury. Still, if he ends up having no NFL career, he will have lost a lot more than that.

But, no, there continue to be no valid reason for providing college football players fair compensation for the millions their efforts generate.

54 responses to “Browns release Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

  1. Dude received 3 mil. That’s more than many make in a lifetime.

    No one cares if my career craps out. It is called life. And risk of injury does not mean they should get paid in college.

  2. So he got his college degree (without paying a dime) and another 3 million to kick off his post college career. Boy, somebody really needs to fix the college football system…

  3. I wonder why the Browns would make this move now. Either he was Pettine’s personal reclamation project or he simply is not on schedule returning from his injury and won’t be ready before camp.

  4. It costs around $100,000 to attend a major college such as Ohio State. That along with free room and board is more than enough compensation.

  5. The top 20 or so programs make a lot of money. The next 100 are breakeven to money losers.

    So does Florin argue that players who play for a #35 team that loses money should have to pay their college to cover the losses?

  6. I get tired of these jerks who keep bringing up the “free education” stuff. Unless you want to major in physical education, the coaches won’t permit these kids to take meaningful courses. Check and see how many football scholarship athletes are taking calculus or organic chemistry. My son didn’t even go to a BCS school. He went to a FCS school and the coaches would not permit him to take a business major. He had to take up “radio and TV”. He was first team NAIA All American, graduated and is now a corrections officer. He didn’t get a full ride either.

  7. Based on the comments I’ve seen here, I don’t think people deserve equal pay for equal work.
    After a certain age, everyone should negotiate their own salary that way if you’re under paid you have your own self on blame & sue.

  8. Maybe dance majors should get paid in case they get hurt and can’t work as a dancer and so on, and so on.

  9. In addition to the tuition, room and board already mentioned there also is future potential earnings between a hs grad and college grad (IF you graduate), student loan interest payments etc.

    If you play for Alabama, yes they are making money off you but if you play for a Wake Forest, as long as you take advantage of the FREE education, the player is on the winning end.

  10. I get tired of these jerks who keep bringing up the “free education” stuff. Unless you want to major in physical education, the coaches won’t permit these kids to take meaningful courses. Check and see how many football scholarship athletes are taking calculus or organic chemistry. My son didn’t even go to a BCS school. He went to a FCS school and the coaches would not permit him to take a business major. He had to take up “radio and TV”. He was first team NAIA All American, graduated and is now a corrections officer. He didn’t get a full ride either.
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    Not true, Ryan Tannehill is finishing up his PHD he started at A&M. These kids get the opportunity to get a premier education. I agree that some of them won’t finish graduating while playing football, but many football and basketball players have gone back to the school they played at after or during their pro time (Larry Fitzgerald, Vince Carter) to finish their degree. Most just choose not too.

  11. Three million dollars and a free college education. That’s a dream come true for 99.9% of the population. He’s financially set for life. Half the NFL players that make tens times that much are broke within a couple years of retiring. This kid is a quality kid and he’s not going to sit around feeling sorry for himself. He’ll parlay that $3 million into something much bigger, and probably end up helping a lot of other people too. I’d still like to see him play some football though. He was awesome.

  12. “But, no, there continue to be no valid reason for providing college football players fair compensation for the millions their efforts generate.”

    You’re really starting to get annoying with this

  13. If a player feels he is being grossly undercompensated for his efforts relative to how the achool profits, he can elect not to play football.

    Or he can elect to play at a lower level college football, where schools don’t make much money, if any, and the relative benefits between school and player are not so disproportionate.

    Nobody forces a player to go to the big athletic factories.

  14. It’ll be interesting to see whether the 49ers make a claim for Ekpre-Olomu, given that coach Chip Kelly recruited Ekpre-Olomu to Oregon.

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    Given that Olomu got drafted in the 7th last spring, it would appear Kelly had no interest in him then. IDK why it would be interesting to see if the 49ers made a claim. But why not feed the Chip Kelly signing a former player he recruited. Hasn’t happened yet, but sooner or later it is bound to.

  15. If a player feels he is being grossly undercompensated for his efforts relative to how the achool profits, he can elect not to play football.

    Or he can elect to play at a lower level college football, where schools don’t make much money, if any, and the relative benefits between school and player are not so disproportionate.

    Nobody forces a player to go to the big athletic factories.
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    If you ever wondered what a slacker’s view on live is, there you have it.

  16. “But, no, there continue to be no valid reason for providing college football players fair compensation for the millions their efforts generate.”

    Apprenticeships aren’t as rule well compensated. They are taken up because they are the price of admission to a well paying occupation.

  17. A lump sum of $3mil insurance proceeds invested properly will set this guy up for a pretty amazing life. If you squander that opportunity, then you probably squander everything else, including a great free college education and all the perks that come with it.

  18. Are you people crazy on here? $3MM is not some great amount for a person’s lifetime earnings. People work for 40 years. That equates to $75K per year. That’s not great money for a professional for 40 years. Stop equating a college education to the millions that college programs make. His degree will still not generate the millions that the football program generates on a per player basis. During his college playing career, he probably generated $50MM for the program. His degree will not generate that. You people are absurd.

  19. Don’t know about any of you, but when I was 23 I also started out with $3 mill in the bank, a college degree, and of course no college debt. Pity party not accepted here.

  20. The $3MM still does not equate to how much he generated for the school. You are still wrong. It is still not fair compensation. When you were in college, you did not contribute anything to the college’s profit other than the $150K in tuition revenue. He generated $50MM to the university. Your contribution can’t compare. So, stop comparing your life to his. He did more than you.

  21. I just wanted to chime in on the scholarship debate. Free tuition is absolutely fair compensation, but the players should be paid when their likeness is used in video games, etc. I’m all for the Universities using the profits from sports how they see fit but when a third-party profits off these college students they should be financially compensated.

  22. The kid got 3 million dollars for getting hurt in college and 1 years salary from an NFL team to rehab. No one is feeling bad for him.

    As for college kids getting paid for sports…why? You’re a STUDENT athlete. You’re there to learn. If a shady coach is getting his or her players easy classes and robbing them of a real education then they should be punished but that is not a legit reason that student athletes should be paid. Especially in this case where Florio tries to play the “lost wages” game (playing in college is what gave him the perceived draft status to claim that in the first place, this isn’t like basketball where a kid chooses college over being “Lebron James’d” into the NBA and gets hurt where he actually gave up money to go to college.)

    The only rule when it comes to student athletes that I do take issue with is where they’re not allowed to make money off of their own name. If a regular student can get a job then a student athlete should be allowed to get sponsorship’s or do autograph signings for compensation.

  23. 75k a year for 40 years is t bad? For most of America, that’s one hell of a yearly salary. Sure, that’s just cost of living standard in big cities, but a man could live a wonderful upper level middle class life off that money.

    And yeah, kids who decide to sacrifice their education at the behest of their coach should 1) transfer, 2) quit playing and quit complaining. If a parent let’s his child play for a coach who won’t let him major in what he wants, that patent isn’t doing his job. A parent should guide his child to get an actual education, knowing the chances of going pro are small. Plus, if your kid plays D2 or lower, why would you let a coach dictate your major? Transfer or get that coach fired. Otherwise, be a coward but don’t blame the system because you didn’t operate free will.

  24. dcapettini says:
    Apr 2, 2016 4:23 PM

    I get tired of these jerks who keep bringing up the “free education” stuff. Unless you want to major in physical education, the coaches won’t permit these kids to take meaningful courses. Check and see how many football scholarship athletes are taking calculus or organic chemistry. My son didn’t even go to a BCS school. He went to a FCS school and the coaches would not permit him to take a business major. He had to take up “radio and TV”. He was first team NAIA All American, graduated and is now a corrections officer. He didn’t get a full ride either.
    ==================================

    Given all the criminals we’re seeing daily from pro & college sports he should have the inside track as a Corrections Officer.

  25. The cost of attending the University of Oregon for non-residents is ~50k a year. Ekpre-Olomu was there for four years. Assuming he earned scholarships/work study job/parental assistance that covered half of the cost, he’s be looking at $1,000 a month in student loan debt for the next 10 years. Because of his ability to play football, he doesn’t have that debt. 120k. After graduating, he could get an entry level job starting at 40-60k. 10-30k more than a job he’d get without a college education. Ekpre-Olomu was good enough to have a shot at the NFL, and he and Oregon wisely took out the insurance policy. $3M before ever stepping on an NFL field.

    We should all be so unfortunate/exploited.

  26. There are tons of players who get hurt and don’t get a 3 mil insurance payout. Football and basketball players should get paid to play college football, or at least be able to get paid to go to autograph shows or a piece of the merchandise sold with their likeness or name on it. Making that a violation is a joke.

  27. I’ve seen the perks from a D1 program. From the women to the bars to the tutors to the financial “aid” and after you graduate and go onto life in the NFL/NBA or the private sector…they still are treated quite nicely.

    Big Football programs pay for alot on campus. Be it new dorms, new wing to a new building and ALL those women’s programs that make NO money. And lest not forget about tenured faculty. Which is the biggest farce.

  28. They’re getting paid a bare minimum of 30 grand a year. Bare minimum state school wage. Ivy League scholarships are worth a quarter mil plus. So don’t say they aren’t being compensated at all. Ignorance.

  29. “But, no, there continue to be no valid reason for providing college football players fair compensation for the millions their efforts generate.”

    A College athlete receives over $80K a year in Education, Meals , Rent, Stipend, Utilities, clothing, miscellaneous amenities and transportation…..

  30. Also, Ivy League schools do not give athletic scholarships. Kids have to qualify for academic scholarships and maintain GPA accordingly.

  31. Thing is, a athlete doesn’t get the same value out of an athletic scholarship as a non athlete would. D-1 sports, revenue generating or not, demand a ton of time. And that time is demanded of the athlete. If practice starts at 3, guess what? No 3:00 classes for you. And that can mean choosing between being a biology major or a communications major. As it currently stands the ncaa/university reaps the lion’s share of the benefit in the relationship. Guarantee scholarships for 4 years, allow players to return under scholarship to get a degree if their career is cut short, allow players to benefit from their likeness (jersey sales, autographs etc) as a start and then we’ll talk about the value of the scholarship.

  32. All you fools complaining about guys getting “free” educations need to just get over it. Their educations are not free, they pay with their blood and their sanity. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. No one cares how much student loan debt you have. Maybe instead of wasting your time at a 4 year university, you should have gone to a trade school and actually learned a skill. But that would require actual work, you actually have to get your hands dirty. If you think 100k of student loan debt and the interest is worth it, maybe you should have your head examined. Oh and use that degree to wipe yourself, because that it’s about all its good for

  33. College athletes are amateurs and they know what the risks are when they step on the field. If they want paid they should be allowed to leave for a professional career at any time.

    The fact is, a large percentage of college athletic programs operate in the red and are subsidized by general fees paid by normal student’s tuition dollars.

    Paying student athletes would put most schools out of the athletic’s business entirely.

  34. All the posters saying a free education is enough have to remember, what this guy can do physically very, very few others can. He’s got a God given talent taken away far too early in his life making money for his university.

  35. For the ppl arguing the players make $50m for the school – it’s a flat out lie. Show me where that $ was generated. Most of the money comes from TV deals… And fans tune in to college football to see Ohio State, Florida, Alabama, etc… Not the name on the back of the jersey. The reputation the schools have built over years prior to a player playing there provides them the opportunity, not the other way around.

    There’s a reason certain schools make millions while others lose money. And how do you determine compensation? Should a regular student who buys a season ticket get $ back? He generated revenue for the school. Should the students who buy jerseys get paid for doing it? Bc they make the school money too.

    The schools provide the facilities, coaching to develop, pipeline to the NFL, and the stage to be seen and ultimately drafted. So, when an OSU player signs a $100m contract, shouldn’t he pay a portion back to OSU for providing him that opportunity? No you say?? Oh… Bc the player could’ve played at another school and done the same.

    Well the school could’ve recruited another player and still generated the same revenue. College students, alumni watch and pay to be a fan of the school – not the players. College is not a professional environment plain and simple.

  36. Or how about this – offer players a % of sales of apparel and memorabilia that has their name on it since that’s the only thing that can be tied directly to an individual.

    But in return they don’t get free tuition or room and board.

    Given the choice guaranteed everyone takes the scholarship.

  37. It is symptomatic of what happens socioeconomically in the USA. The workers get peanuts for doing the work, and the executives get godzillions even if they fail and their company does not make a profit. Even executives of non-profit community colleges and charitable organizations get paid obscene amounts.

  38. Just because someone can jump high and run fast doesnt mean they should be paid on top of getting a scholarship forget that. That free education is compensation enough.

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