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B. Graham: Teammates asked for cash
One of the least reported stories about the possible NFL player lockout is how the younger players will be able to earn money without football.
Players only get paid their yearly salary during the 17-week regular season.
They won’t receive workout bonuses, sometimes as high as $500,000, if there's a work stoppage until training camps start. Offseason workouts generally start in March and end sometime in June. Roster bonuses that become due won’t be paid until there’s a new collective bargaining agreement.
In no surprise, players have been borrowing money.
“100K,” said Graham, who just finished his first season in the league, when asked how much is the most players have asked to borrow from him.
“They try not to make it awkward, " he said. "They’ll come to you like they’re joking, but they’re serious. They’re trying to feel you out, to see what you’ll say."
Graham has yet to give any teammates money.
“I’ll be like, ‘What are you going to do with it, other than blow it?’ I don’t want to be beefing with guys on my team because they owe me money,” Graham said.
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