By Tim Graham
With Shredd and Ragan this morning on 103.3 The Edge, we dissected Jairus Byrd's contract dispute with the Buffalo Bills and the influence of agent Eugene Parker.
Much of the segment (posted below for you to hear) was based on a Buffalo News feature story I wrote about Parker in June and a recent declaration from former Bills guard Ruben Brown that Parker is "a total chump."
As detailed in my story, people on both sides of the negotiating table -- Jerry Jones, Bill Parcells, Andrew Brandt, Deion Sanders and Curtis Martin among them -- disagree with Brown's assessment.
I must correct an erroneous statement made on the segment. I mistakenly said Sports Illustrated recently named Parker the fourth most influential agent in any sport. SI listed Parker sixth overall and third in the NFL.
Also explored with Shredd and Ragan were the abstract terms being reported in regard to Byrd's negotiations. Being the "highest-paid this" or among the "top three highest-paid that" is meaningless unless you know how the Bills or Parker define "highest-paid."
Highest-paid based on total dollars? Highest-paid based on average salary? Highest-paid based on guaranteed money? Highest-paid based on 2013 salary or dollars at the end of contract?
How many years are in the offer? Is the contract front-loaded, so the player gets most of his base-salary money early? Is the contract back-loaded, so the team can cut the player before they pay him some of his larger base salaries?
Just points to consider on what's sure to be a storyline that won't go away any time soon.
taggedBill Parcells | Eugene Parker | Jairus Byrd