NFL Minimum Salaries 2011

This question comes up often and especially when certain players are going to the CFL from other leagues or free agency or in the CFL looking to the NFL.

Check out this interesting story about a player named Tori Gurley as also talks about minimum salaries in the NFL.

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Gurley has been bouncing around practice squads after cuts and has yet to make a team. Gurley, by my calculations, is merely one of a rotating pool of approximately 450 players in North America in pro football limbo who are still vying for the NFL dream often at even higher odds than many a new free agent out of college:


A small few in this pool qualify to be CFL material as well.

I wrote Gurley off recently, but to be fair he was the last guy on my list of dark horses before the draft anyway:


And now go figure as Gurley trains with the best? I don't blame him at all, for it truly is a once-in-lifetime opportunity. If the Vikings came knocking, he knows already so will others next season.

To sum up your post Paolo:

Money is the master.

In 99 percent of the cases, that's true. If the CFL paid salaries like the NFL with average attendances of 5000 a game, all the "best" or most "high profile" players would be playing in the CFL. Same with any sport any league.

Hey, do you think Mats Sundin is having depressive fits lounging in his multimillion resort in Sweden that he never played on a Stanley Cup winner? Hmmm, I don't think so.

How I wish the spread was more equitable Earl, but it's not like there is some drain on CFL finances but that the NFL's massive pool of funds continues to grow:


It's a bummer that more of the guys don't cross the border instead of an average of perhaps 20 per team (including up to 8 practice squad guys and the 7 inactive players not counting the injured) standing around all the time during games down here whether or not in uniform, but on the other hand the CFL does need to expand rosters a bit up there to allow more flexibility for the inevitable injuries including especially at the RB position.

For the NFL, when your product now is practically required to be on every major television network in order for them to even have people watching that network at all, well ...

Consider NBC's woes from 1998 to 2006 without any NFL, and just look at NBC now with growth enough to start the NBC Sports Network, already airing great shows, on 2 January to rival ESPN 24/7.

And look at ESPN's loss of clout now that everyone else has solid and better NFL programming than do they any more compared especially when ESPN had almost a lock on major sports programming before the rise of the NFL Network and then NBC again in a few years. ESPN sucks, but they are only recently improving their game with more overdue competition than ever.