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According to the Data: Do Players Drop Off After Signing Big Contracts?

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales is the author of the Fantasy Football for Smart People book series. In addition to RotoWire, Jonathan also provides content to the New York Times, Dallas Morning News,, and NBC.

Do players drop off after signing big contracts?

I like money. I write for a few different reasons, but if we're being honest, the strongest is probably that it helps me make money. And the more money I can make, the more incentivized I am to do a really good job.

I'm going to guess you also like money. And regardless of where we stand on the more complicated topic of how much money can increase our happiness, I don't think I'd be going out on too much of a limb in predicting that you're also motivated, at least in part, to make more money.

Well, football players are the same way. Even though they all make well above the median household income from the moment they enter the NFL, it's not like the majority of players are raking in millions and millions of dollars a year. So when they come into the NFL and get a little taste of that money, they presumably want more.

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