Writer: Wizards Should Consider John Wall’s Tattoos Before Contract Signing

Writer Wizards Should Consider John Wall's Tattoos Before Contract SigningJohn Wall of the Washington Wizards posted a shirtless photo of himself on Instagram, revealing a series of intricate tattoos on his stomach and chest.

‘Isn’t breaking new ground’

Most would have taken this opportunity to comment on Wall’s body art. Forums would be created to either praise the work he had done or ridicule its existence. But Jason Reid of The Washington Post used Wall’s tattoos as a means to argue against the Wizards offering the point guard a max contract extension:

Posing shirtless recently for an Instagram photo, Wall revealed several tattoos. Wall’s interest in body art is surprising, considering he previously said he did not have tattoos because of concerns over his image for marketing reasons. Many NBA players do have tattoos, and Wall isn’t breaking new ground in sharing his ink with fans through social media.

‘Bizarre opinion’

But not every player flip-flops on a topic in such a public way. Factor in that Wall is expected to receive a huge payday from the Wizards next month, and the timing of his tattoo revelation raises questions about his decision making. For a franchise with a history of backing the wrong players, that’s food for thought.

Reid goes on a long-winded rant about how Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and LeBron James all have tattoos, but that Wall isn’t them. Thanks for clearing that up, Mr. Reid. We were confused. Some of us were clearly thinking Wall was the second coming of LeBron.

Hopefully the Wizards are more open-minded—and smarter—than Reid. When they begin negotiations with Wall on his next contract, they should do so with his on-court production in mind. Reid can take his bizarre opinion elsewhere.

Are John Wall’s tattoos really a big deal in contract signing? Feel free to share your opinion regarding this issue!

Source: Dan Favale | Bleacher Report

Image: Kentucky Sports Radio

Oakland Raiders Trade Carson Palmer To Arizona Cardinals

Oakland Raiders Trade Carson Palmer To Arizona CardinalsThe Arizona Cardinals have reportedly brought veteran quarterback Carson Palmer into the fold for the 2013 season.

‘More cap friendly’

With Matt Flynn now the man in Oakland, Palmer became expendable for the Raiders. The team would have owed the 33-year-old $13 million for this season. After the trade, the former USC Trojan restructured his deal to make his contract more cap friendly for the Cardinals, according to CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora:

“Palmer gets $16M over 2 yrs (and can earn $4M more in incentives). $10M of the deal is guaranteed.”

While original speculation identified the San Francisco 49ers as a potential landing spot (h/t Mike Garafolo of USA Today), Palmer ultimately lands with a different NFC West club that has been searching for a solid starting quarterback since Kurt Warner departed.

‘Intriguing battle’

He should have an opportunity to compete for the starting job, as he will join Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer as the Cardinals’ options under center. Arizona waived quarterback John Skelton on April 1 (via Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com).

The Cardinals already made a move to add Stanton to the roster earlier in the offseason when they signed the former Indianapolis Colt to a three-year deal. Stanton was the backup to Andrew Luck in Indianapolis last season, where current Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians served as the offensive coordinator. The addition of Palmer sets up an intriguing battle between Stanton and Palmer this preseason.

Was this trade a wise move for the Arizona Cardinals? What about for Carson Palmer?

Source: Alex Ballentine, Bleacher Report

Image: USA Today