NFLPA: No NFL player in the country can play overseas
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has expressed concern over the lack of players on NFL rosters overseas, with only a handful of players from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and France currently on the field.
Smith spoke with ESPN’s Jeff Darlington on Monday regarding the league’s lack of American players on its rosters overseas.
“There are some guys on our rosters overseas that we have to keep an eye on, that have to be evaluated, but the reality is, it’s not the number of players that we are going to have on the roster, it really depends on how much we are spending,” Smith said.
“We’re spending $1 million to get those guys in there.
“The reality is that you have to look at it like, are you going to make it? “
And then you have a plan. “
The reality is that you have to look at it like, are you going to make it?
And then you have a plan.
And if you’re going in with a plan, you can get your guys to the game.”
Smith has also expressed concern about the quality of the foreign talent in the league, pointing to the number and type of players he sees from the former Yugoslavia as a prime example.
“The quality of players coming from the countries that are not on the rosters is just horrendous,” Smith told Darlington.
“They don’t have the level of talent that we do.
The way I see it is that the players that are coming from there are going in and getting paid like nothing they’ve ever seen in the NFL. “
When I hear the word talent, I think about, ‘Where are the talent that’s coming from?’
The way I see it is that the players that are coming from there are going in and getting paid like nothing they’ve ever seen in the NFL.
And that’s why they’re getting paid that much, because they’re not getting paid in the way that they’re used to.”
You can have a really good coach, but I think the players are getting paid, and that’s not a good way to go.
“So you have some players that get paid like $1.5 million a year, and they’re playing in the desert in Thailand, and you’ve got a player that’s playing in a small-market league.
And I think you have the same thing with foreign players.”