After a cohort of NFL players complained they were underpaid comparatively to their NBA and MLB peers, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is posing the notion of a strike to his colleagues.
Due to a sudden ascent in the NBA’s salary cap, numerous players have received eight-figure contracts, much to the chagrin of many NFL athletes.
Sherman is ready for a holdout in order to receive a bigger payday and tried to bring forth the idea of a work stoppage to the rest of the league.
“If we want as the NFL, as a union, to get anything done, players have to be willing to strike. That’s the thing that guys need to 100 percent realize,” Sherman said to ESPN.com.
“You’re going to have to miss games, you’re going to have to lose some money if you’re willing to make the point, because that’s how MLB and NBA got it done. They missed games, they struck, they flexed every bit of power they had, and it was awesome. It worked out for them.”
Sherman also praised LeBron James and Kevin Durant for agreeing to short-term deals in order to take advantage of the league’s salary structure.
“NBA players like KD and LeBron are sitting there taking two-year deals like it’s nothing,” Sherman said. “They figure, ‘I’ll take a two-year deal because I’m going to wait for the salary cap to increase and get another bite at the apple.’ In our sport, they won’t do it.”