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    Bernie Bits: Why does Pace stick with Poston as his agent?
    BY BERNIE MIKLASZ
    Post-Dispatch Sports Columnist
    03/19/2004



    It still boggles the mind how a good fellow like Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace continues to have Carl Poston as his agent.

    Sure, as the Rams' franchise-tag player, Pace will be paid a salary of $7.02 million to play for the team in 2004. And yes, that's a lot of money. But by not agreeing to a long- term contract, Pace receives no signing bonus. In their latest proposal, the Rams offered Pace a signing bonus of $13 million. Poston demanded an absurd signing bonus of $27 million.

    Pace inexplicably is taking a big risk, choosing to work on year-to-year contracts because of Poston's refusal to negotiate a rational contract. NFL salaries aren't guaranteed. If Pace suffers a career-threatening injury, he could lose his financial security. That's the real bonus of a signing bonus -- the player keeps every penny of it, even if his career ends because of an injury.

    Example: Another Poston client, Denver linebacker Ian Gold, couldn't come to terms on a contract extension, then suffered a severe knee injury. And now Gold is out of luck.


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    Speaking to Rich Eisen on the NFL Network, Rams wide receiver Torry Holt seemingly backed Marc Bulger over Warner to start in 2004. "To be perfectly honest with you, I think our quarterback will be Bulger going into next year; that was our quarterback at the end of the season. If something goes wrong in the offseason, minicamps, training camps or something, then it will be somebody else, but I'm penciling in that Marc Bulger will be our starting quarterback going into next year. I think he did a terrific job for us this year. At times he struggled, and people were talking about the interceptions that he threw. But we throw the ball a lot, so the risks for interceptions are high. Overall, I think he's done a great job. I think he's 18-4 as a starter. So I think he will be our quarterback. I think this year was good for him. He learned a lot, going to the Pro Bowl, playing well. I think that gave him a tremendous amount of confidence, which will carry over to next year. So, right now, Marc Bulger is our guy, and we'll go from there."
    As one of the Niners fans here, I would love it if they got Bulger, depending of course on what the compensation to the Rams would be. And taking him from a divisional rival would make it all the better.

  • #2
    It would be an interesting addition for the Niners...I'd support it...

    BTW, Bernie doesn't know anything aboot hockey

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    Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
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    • #3
      There was an editorial comment on ESPN this morning that drew the same conclusion. The agent is comparing Pace to an all-pro QB and acting like they have leverage that just isn't there. Pace will be fine working as a franchise player if he's not hurt or his play doesn't otherwise decline. But those are big if's. A bad injury leaves him in the cold without the big signing bonus payday. He's a fool. JJ.

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      • #4
        Is Bulger a homo. I think so. Not that theres anythig wrong with that.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Raul Duke@Mar 19 2004, 06:22 PM
          Is Bulger a homo. I think so. Not that theres anythig wrong with that.
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          • #6
            dear God, please say it ain't so.

            i don't support this. i think rattay can be just as good as bulger. which makes this pointless to give up a 1st and a 3rd for him when you have a guy who can probably do just as well. we need a Wr before we need a new QB.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by hkyfan+Mar 19 2004, 06:26 PM-->
              QUOTE (hkyfan @ Mar 19 2004, 06:26 PM)

            • #8
              Originally posted by Bernie devotes 1/300th of his article to the Blues despite their being the only pro STL team playing now
              Young Blues defenseman Christian Backman is an impressive player with a terrific future. . .
              Great analysis!!!!!1111one :rolleyes:
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              • #9
                What does everyone see the Postons' job to be?

                I thought they are in the employ of Gooey Butter Pace. Seems like he's got the best results from them ie.. similar money then the Rams have offered (under the current circumstances)....an ability to negotiate more (after 7/1/04) AND yet another summer and early autumn where Orlando can avoid the sweat of camp while sucking on a dozen Krispy Kremes daily while his team-mates are having EKGs in the swealtering midwest sun.

                Really stupid people aren't they?

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by DaLode@Mar 19 2004, 10:09 PM
                  What does everyone see the Postons' job to be?

                  I thought they are in the employ of Gooey Butter Pace. Seems like he's got the best results from them ie.. similar money then the Rams have offered (under the current circumstances)....an ability to negotiate more (after 7/1/04) AND yet another summer and early autumn where Orlando can avoid the sweat of camp while sucking on a dozen Krispy Kremes daily while his team-mates are having EKGs in the swealtering midwest sun.

                  Really stupid people aren't they?
                  They will look pretty stupid if he shows up in August with another one year contract and then rips open his knee.
                  Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by ohio BLUES+Mar 19 2004, 07:47 PM-->
                    QUOTE (ohio BLUES @ Mar 19 2004, 07:47 PM)

                  • #12
                    Originally posted by TTB+Mar 19 2004, 10:11 PM-->
                    QUOTE (TTB @ Mar 19 2004, 10:11 PM)

                  • #13
                    Originally posted by 007+Mar 20 2004, 12:06 AM-->
                    QUOTE (007 @ Mar 20 2004, 12:06 AM)
                    Originally posted by ohio BLUES@Mar 19 2004, 07:47 PM

                  • #14
                    Originally posted by dhaab+Mar 20 2004, 01:02 AM-->
                    QUOTE (dhaab @ Mar 20 2004, 01:02 AM)
                    Originally posted by [email protected] 19 2004, 10:11 PM

                  • #15
                    The Postons usually get what they want by using their tactics. They have proven to be among the best agents in the NFL. There's a reason why they have so many clients.

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