Philadelphia Eagles CB Sheldon Brown is one of the lowest paid
starters at his position in the NFL and it's not a secret that he wants a major
raise in pay. According to ESPN.com, Brown wants to be traded.
The team issued a statement on Monday regarding the story:
“It’s very unfortunate and counterproductive that Sheldon has chosen to go
public with his feelings about his situation. After thorough evaluation by
himself and discussions with his family and agents, he chose to accept an
extension of his rookie contract early that provided his family financial
security for the rest of his life. It removed any concerns about health or
performance that all other players in his draft class had to worry about. He has
four years remaining on that contract and, after taking the signing bonus and
his first two years of salary into account, we feel that Sheldon is being paid
fairly. Focusing only on a player’s salary for a given year is not a valid
There have been league MVP’s, Super Bowl champion quarterbacks, and perennial
Pro Bowlers who have been in a similar situation. All of their teams have
required them to wait until their contract expired or there was only one year
remaining before any adjustment took place. It is only in the most
extraordinary, in fact, less than a handful of circumstances in the last ten
years that any players two new years into a contract with three years left have
been adjusted. We don’t think this qualifies as an extraordinary circumstance.
Sheldon’s comments under the circumstances actually serve to devalue him in a
trade if we were willing to consider it; which we are not.”
As Scout.com first reported in early March, the team was interested in
free agent CB Jabari Greer, who wound up signing with the New Orleans
Saints. In fact, Philadelphia, according to a source, had put in a request for
Greer to pay a free-agent visit, but he declined.
Brown, according to a league source, is the 37th highest paid cornerback in the
NFL based on an average per season basis over the lifetime of his contract. He
signed a long-term extension back in 2004.