NFL News: Scott Fujita to retire as a New Orleans Saint

Scott Fujita’s career in Cleveland went out with a whimper as he missed significant time due to injury, but he apparently wanted to be remembered as a Saint anyway. Fujita reportedly signed a one-day deal with the team that he helped to win a Super Bowl so he could retire there.

In the end, Fujita’s time in Cleveland will be marred by his lack of play due to injury and unfortunately bringing the New Orleans bounty scandal with him. In the end, Fujita was fully exonerated, but it sure did bring an unwanted distraction to the team last year, at least for fans who follow team news all year long.

In the PFT post, Mike Florio talks about what kind of an impact that Fujita can make in his life after football, and even as Fujita wasn’t my favorite Browns player over the last few years, I can’t disagree. Fujita shines in the public eye when dealing with issues. Whether he chooses to move into politics or commentary on TV, he will be served well.

In fact, considering what we’ve seen over the past few years from the higher ups in the NFL Players’ association, it might even be wise to keep Fujita involved as a spokesman for NFL players as a labor group going forward.

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  • Garry_Owen

    He retired as a Cleveland Brown 2 years ago.

  • Petefranklin

    How many guys get to retire twice?

  • MrCleaveland

    I don’t get it. Does it make any difference which team he retires from? Does it affect his pension or something?

    It’s not like he’s some legendary player who will go down in Saints history. I doubt that anybody in NOLA gives a darn.


  • Harv 21

    Hopefully it will be a while before they feel compelled to sign yet another OTH guy for leadership roles they haven’t been able to develop from within. McGinest, Ted Washington, Jake Delhomme, Fujita …

    Please, Browns, draft decently and start growing your own already.

  • mgbode

    “Fujita shines in the public eye when dealing with issues.”

    He was one of the main players who negotiated with Goodell/NFL on the terms of the CBA and then cried that they gave him too much power(which they certainly did and was shown). I don’t blame the others in the bounty scandal for being mad about that power, but Fujita had no excuse.

  • Porkchop

    In the awful/boarderline guilty pleasure awful movie Troy, Brad Pitts Achilles says to Eric Bana’s Hector: “There are no pacts between lions and men.” The players were negotiating from an impossible point of weakness. I would say that they had so little leverage in negotiating that their best bet was to take the deal and then attempt to draw sympathy afterwards. If for no other reasons it highlights the impossible situation for future negotiators and arbiters.

  • Harv 21

    so, baseball players have more leverage than football players have had over the years? More than basketball players, who tend to fold as soon as the first direct payroll deposit is due?

  • Porkchop

    They do because of baseballs unique antitrust standing, in addition the career span of a baseball players is much much longer than a football player. Basketball capitulates because for whatever reason their players have the highest % debt rate of the 3 sports.
    Baseball players strike football players get locked out big diff in that baseballl preserves their union ability to negotiate as a single unit.
    But mostly MLB has a vested interest in keeping their labor disputes out of court hence the players do better and yes have more leverage. Really the guys with the most
    Leverage in sports are Lebron, KD, Chris Paul, and about 5 other NBAers. If those guys stuck to. Their guns and walked away they could comand anything they want. Ironically they have rhe money to leave but their
    Competitive drive keeps
    Them from effecting change

  • Porkchop

    Would you say the same if Phil wants to comeback on a one day contract to retire a Brown?

  • mgbode

    i think the guys you mentioned don’t elicit change because they understand the marketing dollars that will make them richer than basketball would diminish if they were the ones to force such change.
    as for the football players, the leverage they have is what they do unto themselves. fans are not going to accept replacement players, they just need to stay unified. owners are not going to accept a missed season and the damage it would cause. they’ll continue to call the players bluff and, if they players shrink at the table, then they will continue to lose the negotiations IMO.
    all that being said, the power they granted Goodell is completely separate and they easily could have highlighted it to the media and gotten it publicly admonished. you know, if they realized it before the bounty scandal.

  • MrCleaveland

    Sure. Why not?

    When it’s time for me to retire, I’m going to sign a one-hour contract with Big Boy restaurants where I worked when I was 18 so that I can retire as a grill man.

    What’s the point?

  • Porkchop

    Really the NFL players best bet now, and their best tactic in the future if contract negotiations stall is a work stoppage about week 8 of the season. If they are really upset about Goodell’s power, inform the league right about week 4 that they intend to walk out week 8 and that the power of the commisioner needs to be altered. This gives the players 4 checks of money which should be enough to get through the rest of the season if things got nasty. All of the leverage would be in their hands because the league would be risking throwing away the 2nd half of the year and the playoffs. I never ever understood why they let themselves get into the offseason last time which gave all the negotiating power to the owners.
    I’m not sure if I’m going anywhere with this, I might just be too wrapped up in Game of Thrones and therefore convinced that the best way to negotiate with anyone is to lull them into false confidence then incinerate them with a dragon or chop their hand off.

  • Porkchop

    I just read that Fujita signed his one day contract from the Andes mountains and thought “MrCleaveland is right, if it was so important couldn’t you be there? What a lazy jerk.” Then I read further and found out he was in the Andes Mountains on a bucket list run with Steve Gleason, and then I felt kinda silly.

  • arnold_palmer

    Agree’d. It would be different because Phil spent the majority (10+) of his career in Cleveland. Fujita played for 4 different teams in 11 years.

  • Harv 21

    Both other sports have negotiated as a single unit, they just can’t keep united. In baseball there’s a player culture difference, where Marvin Miller created a strong union in the days when there was no baseball free agency at all, and player unity is maintained when baseball owners can’t control their own spending and then can’t keep themselves from colluding every decade or so. But no idea how you relate this to baseball’s antitrust exemption. If it’s remaining provisions had teeth they would keep players from a lengthy strike.

    I think the difference is the rags to riches to rags aspect of the NFL and NBA, where players have no experience of getting by on a small minor league salary for a few years and maybe learning a little self-discipline once they make it. But this is doesn’t make striking impossible for them, or the negotiating positions “unfair.”

  • mgbode

    can you hook up my family with a free Sunday brunch when you do that? they have a dang good spread.

  • mgbode

    if Scott Fujita chopped off Goodell’s hand, then I would be impressed.

  • MrCleaveland

    You bet, pal. The syrup will flow!

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    But by week 8, winter is coming.

  • Fujita is a man of great professionalism and should be specified to be the voice of other players. http://www.priceperhead.com