With the Packers first overall pick in the 2009 draft B.J. Raji still unsigned, squabbling over money while the Packers are about to take the field for the first preseason game of the season, I’ve been wondering just how expensive this B.J. is going to end up being. Based solely on the contracts of those above and below Raji in the 2009 draft, the numbers I would expect to see for Raji would be in the neighborhood of 5 years, $28M.
After I figured that out, I started wondering what some of the most expensive BJs in history were. I mean let’s face it, some BJs are a bargain you’d pay for again and again. Other BJs cost you way more than you ever thought they would, and if you had to do it all over again, you’d never sign on for that BJ. Here’s my list of the most expensive BJs in sports history. Only time will tell where Raji falls on this list.
B.J. Surhoff – former Milwaukee Brewer was signed by the Orioles in 1998 to a three year deal with an option for a fourth for a grand total of $17.5 million. That’s a pretty expensive BJ, but many thought it was worth it.
B.J. Ryan – was signed by the Blue Jays to a 5 year, $47 million dollar contract in 2005. It’s now 2009 and Ryan’s currently unemployed, so I think it’s safe to say this BJ was not worth the money.
B.J. Mullens – Pimple-faced Ohio State center, drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 24th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, then immediately jettisoned to the Oklahoma City Thunder. We don’t know how much was paid for this BJ and this BJ has never been in the pros, so it’s as yet unclear the value of this BJ.
B.J. Upton – A member of the Tampa Bay Rays in his third year, earning under half a million per season. As BJs go, this one is pretty cheap.
B.J. Sander – Hard to find a more expensive BJ. Even harder to find one that leaves such a bad taste in one’s mouth. Ryan, an Ohio State grad who did some post-grad work in the CFL, was considered by many the centerpiece of the table of incompetence Mike Sherman set for himself and the Packers during his tenure as Packers’ GM and head coach. Though he only earned $300K in salary and nearly $600K in signing bonuses, this BJ was far more expensive, as he cost the Packers field position, points, wins, and probably a few coaching jobs.
B.J. Sams – During his 5 year NFL career he amassed 4 carries and 19 yards. And one reception for 2 yards. In five years. He also had two solo tackles as a cornerback. I must be missing something, because this BJ started in 2004 and hasn’t done much on the field since then, yet he’s been drawing an NFL paycheck ever since. It’s rumored that he’ll be one of the “stars” of the new UFL.
But the most expensive BJ in all of sports history?
Eugene Keefe Robinson – former Green Bay Packers safety was arrested for solicitation of a female police officer while playing for the Atlanta Falcons: $40 for a BJ. This came less than 24 hours after having received the Bart Starr Award from the Christian group Athletes in Action for his “high moral character”, and less than 24 hours before his appearance in the Superbowl. Many in the television and radio press booths as well as living rooms across America wondered if it was the stress of having to explain this to his family, his teammates and coaches, as well as the stress of being booked just before the Super Bowl that saw Robinson give up an 80 yard touchdown pass during the game and his generally poor play in the Super Bowl. Some blame Robinson for that loss.
Even though it was only $40, with all the hardship that caused Eugene, his family, his team, the city of Atlanta and the NFL, this is the most expensive BJ in all of sports history. And Eugene didn’t even get his BJ.