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New NFLPA Exec Dir Smith Yet To Agree To Contract Terms
Published April 22, 2009
|Smith's Contract Proposal Calls
For Annual Salary Of $3.2-3.7M
POOR PLANNING: PROFOOTBALLTALK’s Mike Florio wrote someone “screwed up royally when not determining the terms Smith and the other candidates would accept before a single ballot was cast,” as each finalists’ financial expectations for the position “should have been factored into the selection process.” Each of the finalists before the election also “should have been required to sign the paperwork, with the contract being made expressly contingent on actually getting the job via the election process.” Florio wrote “regardless of how this all turns out, whoever designed the haphazard procedure should be fired ... because this dispute plays directly into management’s hands by perpetuating the notion that the NFLPA can’t get out of its own way” (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 4/21).