Now that he's franchised, Cliff has done an apparent turnaround on his position regarding the franchise tag. What exactly could this mean? To be honest I think the whole "possibly" holding out thing was extremely exaggerated by the media, and when posed the question I think Cliff answered it as well as anyone could in order to keep his business tight. There was a bit of posturing because he's in contract negotiations. Can't blame a guy for that.
But let's just travel down the magical highway of "possibilities that have less of a chance of happening than I have of being hit by lightning while riding a unicycle".
What ever do you mean UndaDawg, you ask? What sort of possibility is it gonna be, you ask? Aren't you just itching to find out what it is? The amazing cliffhanger after the jump.
What if Cliff doesn't want to stay in Detroit?
BAM! Dropped that bomb right on ya! Boom! Right? Weren't expecting THAT one... right? Oh Yeah, baby!!
Oh, I kinda spoiled it by making it the title of the fanpost, didn't I? Damn!
I'll get you guys on the next one I guess.
If Cliff was really in it for the money, wouldn't it be smarter to just not come to an agreement, take the franchise money, maybe stay here for that year, and then go try to get that big contract somewhere else? That franchise tag money will most likely be better than anything he would get from the Lions, it'd be more than he'd get even if he could test the market. It might be the most money Cliff can make in a single year of football. I doubt anybody would give up two 1st rounders for Cliff (no offense, buddy) so that kinda leaves a trade out. So he can play in Detroit this year at a really high rate and then walk next year. Bad PR move? Probably. Smart business move? Kinda seems like it. (Unless of course you really want a ring 'cause I'm pretty sure starting this year and continuing for the remainder of Cliff's career the Lions are gonna win the Superbowl every year. Yeah, EVERY YEAR, Cliff! Why do I say that? Because. That's why. Because.)
I know he said he wants to stay, but I'm sure he knows there's that possibility, so of course he would say that either way. I know he wants a long term contract, and to that one... ummm... well, I got nothin'. In this crazy scenario he would have to wait. (Wow. That was an excellent argument regarding the long term contract, UndaDawg! You are good looking and surprisingly astute.)
So anyway, I was thinking about this so I thought I'd post it, cause nobody I know cares. I hope it doesn't happen, I'd like Cliff to be "in it to win it" with the Lions. I don't really think it's gonna happen. Cliff seems like a stand up guy and I don't think the organization screws people over (any Mayhewing excepted, of course). As I said, less of a chance of happening than I have of being hit by lightning while riding a unicycle.
But who knows, there's still a chance...
I now return you to your regularly scheduled Saints' bounties discussion.