Ryan, clearly you are a bright guy, Harvard grad and all, so you might want to present this to your agent (who may not be as bright) with the following facts:
*You are not worth more money than you are currently making and the Jets would be foolish to give you any more
*If there were a market for your services SOMEBODY would have reached out by now
*The fact that you set a franchise record for TD’s last year means, well, absolutely nothing; the real important factor is that the team DID NOT make the playoffs…this occurred despite the fact that all you needed to do was win ONE game against Buffalo (should I list the QB’s in the league who would never lose that season finale? One of them is in your division and lives in your old neighborhood in Boston)
*The truth is, you choked and nobody should demand more money when they do not deliver
*As a Jets fan, who believes they will most likely never win the Super Bowl again, I don’t really care to see another year of a journeyman playing the marquee position…I’d rather see what a young guy like Bryce Petty can do or even draft another QB.
*So, I am not really pleading with you to sign for the $10-12 million…you are a Harvard guy…you do the math.
*Finally, I guess the days are gone when a MAN would say, “Let me come back and finish the job, I know I can get us to the playoffs….”
Dave Torromeo has served as the head of the Sport Business Management Program at Manhattanville College since its inception in July 2006. He has over 30 years of experience in sports business, including serving as VP of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, (NFF), 15 years in collegiate athletics and as an industry consultant. He has worked in nearly every capacity of the sports world, from a minor league team, to a D-I athletic program and the Football Foundation. He is also a consultant to the sports industry and the founder of Sports Business Advocates, LLC which manages the Sports Business Institute and Future Sports Business Executives.
As the architect of the graduate sport and entertainment business management program, he assembled the entire curriculum, hired all adjunct professors from the sport business field and installed a top-notch advisory board with senior executives from the sports industry. He devised and implemented a graduate level internship program, brought in outstanding guest speakers including senior executives from the sports world, provided on site field study at major sports venues and created a solid mission. At the NFF he played a crucial role in awarding Jackie Robinson the Gold Medal Award, the highest honor that Foundation bestows. He was instrumental in spearheading the program that allowed athletes from colleges other than major college football entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame (players from Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA) and was a catalyst behind the Foundation's "PLAY IT SMART" program; an educational program that works to turn football teams from inner city environments into learning teams, while overseeing the scholar athlete program (and a 10M endowment) that honored players from all levels and included people such as Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, Tiki Barber, Josh Bloom, Peyton Manning and many others.
Before joining the NFF, Torromeo served as a Sports Information Director (SID) and Assistant Athletic Director for Communications, Marketing, Promotions and Fund Raising for over 10 years including six at Iona College where he also received a Master's Degree. He earned his undergraduate degree(s) from the University of Rhode Island and lives in New Canaan, CT with his wife Laurie. They have two children, Stephanie a Colgate University graduate and Jarrett a graduate of Gettysburg College (and "Shea" yellow lab). Dave is a lifelong New York Mets, Jets, Knicks and Islanders fan--but don't hold that against him--it just proves he is loyal!)
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