ROTB Roundtable: Karlos Dansby, Patrick Peterson, and Taxes

Christian Petersen

As OTA's start to appear, so do the questions.

The ROTB Writing Staff took their swing at three of these questions in this week's Roundtable edition.

Don't forget to answer the questions yourself in the comments below!

1) What are your expectations for the Karlos Dansby (re)-signing?

AndyStandsUp: For the amount he signed for you would expect average, but since he'll be doing his bestDaryl Washington impersonation for at least the first four games - I'm thinking 2007-2008 days. His chance to be a "legend". Personally, just hopes he plays decent and injury-free.

D.L. Parsons:
Dansby will be the ultimate fill-in tool. He could play any of the four LB spots, thereby increasing his value. D-Wash out for a few games? No problem. Plug 'em in. Sam Acho got hurt? No problem, plug him in there, too.

Jess Root:
Considering the high level at which Dansby played a year ago, I expect him to be all over the field making tackles. He did not log a sack last season, but I don't expect to have much drop off from Washington's play. There is one thing I expect to be better -- Dansby is a better tackler.

Alex Mann:
I can understand it, but had hoped he could have done nicely for us. His two million dollar cap figure was two much for a guy who was likely to only be a third QB on the roster.

2) Would you agree that Patrick Peterson is deserving of "Elite" status at this early a stage in his career? Why or why not?


Jess Root:
Elite? Well, he is one of the very best in the league, but he isn't quite yet at shutdown status. If being elite means being in the top 5 or so, then yes. If it means being like Deion or Revis, not quite.

Alex Mann:
Not quite yet. He showed glimpses of it last year, and come the end of this season he will be labeled elite.

Skii:
I have to agree with Jess and Alex, he's not there yet. He's definitely on his way, and the national media has started to pick up on him too, but I say give him a couple of seasons until we start throwing around the "E" word.

D.L. Parsons:
Peterson is not close to Revis or the old Deion yet. In the top 5, yes. But I wouldn't put more pressure on a guy who will probably be mentioned in the same breath as those two when his career is done.

3) It has been recently revealed that the NFL is tax-exempt, despite recording profits exceeding $10 billion. Do you think the league should be taxed?


Jess Root:
The "league" is not taxed, but each franchise is. As I understand it, the NFL is a non-profit shell that is simply the collection of the 32 franchises. The "profits" of the league are simply the collection of the profits of each of the franchises. This delves a little into politics, which is where we intend to stay away from on our network, but would it make sense to tax the league AND tax the teams? Sounds like some double dipping. The teams already pay taxes. The "NFL" doesn't profit, the revenue earned as a league is split up among the teams, making it their income. I got a clarification once from league spokesman Greg Aiello. I'll have to track it down. There is no reason to tax the league and the teams if the income is one and the same.

Alex Mann:
Each team is taxed, not the league as a whole. Should we tax the league? No because by taxing both the teams and league is taking the same money twice.

D.L. Parsons:
I admit that I don't know enough about the legal/political forces surrounding the NFL corporation. I remember that a few years ago, Congress threatened to revoke the NFL's tax-exempt status if they didn't liberalize their TV rules. The NFL gave way, and Congress backed off, if I remember correctly...

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