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For the first time in college football, we have a free agent. Former Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver, Jordan Addison, has entered the transfer portal, with all options open and no expectations of an immediate decision.
Addison was the 2021 Biletnikoff winner with 100 receptions, and 1,593 yards, and found the end zone 17 times. With one year of eligibility remaining, every coach in the country is wondering how to get him into their facilities.
USC has been rumored to be in the lead of the mad dash for Addison. With the additions of Lincoln Riley and Caleb Williams, everything LA has to offer, and a few million dollars in NIL that is a hard offer to pass on.
But what if Coach Saban comes calling?
Alabama doesn’t have to offer millions of dollars, that’s the difference. If you want to be the best you can be, you’ll find a way to Tuscaloosa. If you end up in Alabama you will get the best coaching and all the opportunities to make an NFL career.
While yes it may be nice to have an extra million or two dollars right now, Coach Saban wants his players to build careers. Saban’s players have accumulated $1.7B in just NFL contracts. So while you may take less money now in college, the things that Saban will do for your career far exceed two million dollars.
Jameson Williams was the third receiver on a very good Ohio State team. He took a chance with Coach Saban and became a top-12 pick in the NFL draft. The money he made going from being a day 2 or 3 NFL draft prospect to the 12th pick far exceeds a million dollars.
However, this free agency issue isn’t going to be exclusive to football. Miami Basketball player Isaiah Wong has already stated that he will enter the transfer portal if he doesn’t receive more NIL after leading the Hurricanes to an elite eight finish this past season.
We are entering a new era of college athletics.
A sign of the times: Miami’s Isaiah Wong plans to enter the transfer portal this weekend if his NIL package is not improved, his agent told ESPN. Billionaire John Ruiz said Wong is “under contract” but added “I do not renegotiate!” Miami can’t comment. https://t.co/QQt6CzoaaT
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 29, 2022
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