Rams Newest Acquisition Is Too Smart For Seahawks!
It has always been my view that the NFL is the toughest sport for athletes and if you have a chance to grab the big bucks, then snatch them. The "No Fun League" does not guarantee contracts, so everything hinges on the signing bonus.
All this leads me to the Seattle Seahawks visit to the Edward Jones dome and a battle with the St. Louis Rams. Teams are always concerned with the possibility of a former player, showing up on the other sidelines, as that player could share some valuable inside information that they had gathered while playing for the opposing team.
My ultimate Sports Betting shop www.sportsbook.com, is offering Rams' bettors +3 points this Sunday and this huge nugget I am willing to share with you. Isaiah Kacyvenski is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and is also the Rams newest signing. He is a talented linebacker and special team's player, who will be in the lineup this weekend.
When stud running back Shaun Alexander got hurt two weeks ago the Seahawks were in a pickle. They needed to add back to the roster, but would need to release a player, to make the move. To make room on its 53-man roster, Seattle waived seven-year veteran Kacyvenski on Sept. 30 -- and told the special team's captain they would offer him a new contract after the Bears game.
Coach Mike Holmgren thought he and his front office people had pulled another fast one on the rest of the NFL and would offer Isaiah a new contract on October 2nd.
Later that day, the offer came. But Kacyvenski was in Denver, waiting for a connecting flight to his new home: St. Louis, of all places. The linebacker with seven years of knowledge of Seattle's defensive and special team's strategies signed with the division-rival Rams the next day, on his 29th birthday.
And, wow, what a coincidence: Sunday, the Seahawks (3-1) play the surprising Rams (4-1) in St. Louis with first place in the NFC West at stake.
Instead of waiting for a Seattle call, he took a prorated, 5,000 contract for the remainder of this season from the Rams.
"The stock phrase in the NFL is, 'Yeah, we're going to bring you back Monday,"' Kacyvenski said last week. "Everyone in the NFL knows that's a famous phrase. I was wary. I was hurt."
Meanwhile, Kacyvenski gets to keep the 4,118 still due him for the remainder of this season from the Seahawks after he agreed last spring to a pay cut in a restructured deal for 0,000. Veterans with four or more years of experience get their contracts guaranteed for the entire season if released following the team's first game.
So Kacyvenski approximately doubled his salary -- and the Seahawks' frustration -- this week.
Turnaround is fair play as they say, as the Rams a few years back lost starting defensive ends Bryce Fishers and Grant Winstrom.
Place your bets folks!
About the Author: Bob is an experienced sports writer and handicapper who has written for the sports industry for over a decade. He has been a regular contributer to Sports Scene, a sports consultant for television's 33 Made and other major motion pictures.