ESPN The Magazine's anon NFL star, Player X, talks about "paycheck players" in this entry: basically, guys who value money more than titles. One reason the Packers and Steelers are in Dallas this week is because they don't have many.
Every athlete seeks that sweet spot between development and decline. But how many know exactly when that is? In ESPN The Magazine's Age Issue, stats gurus pick peak performance ages for key positions in NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA.
Aside from the mega guaranteed deals signed by only the top NFL rookies, most draftees, on average, are actually paid less than what they are worth to the team. Plus, why the NBA needs to model its draft after the NHL's.