Yesterday, we posted about the Eagles choosing to use their franchise tag on DeSean Jackson. In that post, we included a tweet from Jason Babin which said to Jackson, "It's life…..just do your thing…."
Many fans (on Twitter) were not happy. Babin, it seems, was suggesting that the (around) $9.4 million guaranteed to Jackson is a negative. And while we understand that players want job security, few fans are going to sympathize with a guy who was just granted a nearly $10 million paycheck to play football.
Babin was taking a lot of heat in the Twitterverse, so he tweeted a bit more:
OK people use that thing between your ears. Yes FT is alot of $, but doesnt everyone no matter the duties want job security. #ThinkAboutIt
Once again, job security is something everyone wants, but not many people are able to obtain it in their respective fields.
One person tweeted Babin, echoing the sentiments of fans on Twitter:
[franchise tag] = job security. Most people don't make that amount of $ in a lifetime I.e. 90% of your fanbase
An example of someone missing the point….#StillEatsPaste
Lovely. Who… exactly… is missing the point here?
This morning rolled around and Babin was still feeling the heat, so he put out what I like to a call a Sideways Tweet, trying to make his point by comparing NFL contracts to Hollywood:
Mike Vick thought it was hilarious:
Once again, fans understand that players want job security. We're not stupid, naive or out of touch, like some players like to think. But athletes are never going to win when complaining about money and contracts in public. So maybe athletes – Eagles – should just stop tweeting about contracts, money, contracts, money… and, yes, contracts and money.