Breaking News that Eels utility Jaryd Hayne has quit the NRL and the Kangaroos for the upcoming Four Nations League tournament is quite a shock but in the best traditions of Naas Botha, Jonah Lomu and more recently Dan Carter (lol) there has to be more to this story surely?
Simply not experienced, big or fast enough to play in any perceivable NFL position be it as a Running Back (too small), Wide Receiver (too short) or Special Teams as a kick returner (different ball and the small matter of all the pads and helmet) this is a complete left-field move by a prodigious and complex talent.
A recent visit to current Superbowl Champions, the Seattle Seahawks in the off-season must have uncovered some gem of information that a nice contract awaits, but in a land that spits out players that can’t quite make it like chewing gum, this is a huge gamble – who’s advising him?
In the NFL, contracts are structured so that the real money isn’t made early on in a player’s career and while some of the initial Rookie contracts are tempting, many NFL journeyman players only make what an average All Black or NRL elite player makes without the high profile – maybe this is what Hayne seeks?
This move will be watched with real intrigue (and some bewilderment) on both sides of the Tasman in the upcoming weeks as the NFL season progresses.