Verba got permission to leave as the ink was drying on Shelton's contract, apparently, although Phil Savage hasn't shut the door on a return. William Green was similarly given an opportunity to move on, but has since redeemed himself in the eyes of the team.
For many Browns fans, Verba is a forgotten man already, because he wanted to renegotiate his contract. Phil Savage is a hero who doesn't take any crap because he went out and used L.J. Shelton to checkmate the player.
Ross Verba will be bounced from the Browns and most Browns fans will applaud. The Akron Beacon-Journal's Tom Reed will join the chorus. After all, he sounded pretty out-of-touch when he talked about the need to make more than $3 million a year, and how he was one of the league's best tackles. I wrote a pretty negative take on it when it hit the newswire.
Still, when a player's performance improves and he wants to re-negotiate, he's usually cast as a selfish, greedy brat. If the players performance declines and the team shreds his contract, oh well, it's business as usual.
It's a double standard that we all engage in, I guess, but I think I'm starting to understand better what players mean when they talk about "fairness".
Since it's probably the Evil Media™'s fault that there's a double-standard there, we might as well continue to display the Fourth Estate at its most vicious.
Apparently, none of these people read the crushing expose we ran last weekend detailing how the media was to blame for everything. They're still tooling along as if nothing had changed.
I guess no one took me seriously. But one day you will. Oh, yes. All of you. You'll be sorry you scoffed! Sorry!