Malik Jackson Says He Left The Broncos For The Money In Jacksonville
I have 0 issues with this. The most popular league in America is the NFL that also pays their athletes the least especially for the amount of contact these guys endure on a weekly basis. With more and more players retiring before the age of 30 probably because they want to leave on their terms and decrease their chances of developing CTE, I have no issue with a player wanting to cash in as soon and as much as possible.
Former Denver Broncos and new Jacksonville Jaguars DT Malik Jackson basically just said MONEY >> WINNING and it’s actually refreshing to hear an athlete say it.
“You definitely have some guys talk to you that say, ‘I took this pay cut to stay here and I did this here to stay here,'” Jackson said. “It’s one of those things where I think we all have different priorities. My priority is to take care of my daughter and my family. I came into this league by myself and I’ll leave by myself.
“I love the Broncos for helping me out but it’s a business and that’s how I feel about it. I think a lot of guys say, ‘Stay here. We can do this. We can do that.’ My mindset is to take care of my family and go out here and help teams get better.”
“It’s a business at the end of the day and I realized that going into this year,” Jackson said. “It’s what you’ve worked so hard for and put yourself in the position to go out there and do what I did. I had a great year, won the Super Bowl and come out here — and ultimately make a lot of money for your family.
“It’s bittersweet because I loved the organization. They gave me a chance to go out there and play from the get-go. They let me grow and they brought people in there to help me grow. It’s a business and now I’m a Jacksonville Jaguar. I couldn’t be happier.”
“It’s all written out and you earned it, but at the same time you have to go out there and earn it,” he said. “They don’t give you 90 [million dollars] today. It’s not like basketball where I can get it all guaranteed. I still have to go out there. You still have to play. I have to go earn all of it. It’s six years, 42-45 [million dollars] guaranteed. I want 90 of it. I want all 90. So I have six years to go out there and earn it.
“That’s how I feel about it. Anything that’s given to you can be taken away from you at any time. So just have to go out there and do my best and earn all 90. To say at the end of the sixth year, I’d like to say I earned all $90 [million]. I think that’ll be the biggest accomplishment.”
H/T – ESPN