Giorgio Tavecchio wasn't in a position of bargaining power when he signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers. Either the newly signed kicker had to accept a deal with no guaranteed money or he likely wouldn't get an opportunity whatsoever.
"If the first-year pro beats out Mason Crosby for the kicking job, he'll make $405,000 this year, with a salary split that will pay him $288,000 if he ends up on injured reserve," reports Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "In 2014 he'll make $495,000 with a $318,000 split if he goes on IR, and in '15 he'll make $585,000 with no salary split."
"I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious."