Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan made a statement this week that, if true, would completely discredit the popular NFL stats/analytics website Pro Football Focus.
Lewan appeared in a video that was posted by Barstool Sports on Thursday where he’s discussing NFL stats and players.
During the video, Lewan claims that some NFL players pay $50k to PFF to make their position grades look better.
Lewan makes the comments at the 4:10 mark of the video:
“[PFF] is a complete liability, it’s a lie,” says Lewan in the video. “Do you know there’s NFL football players who go and pay $50,000 a year to PFF so their numbers are inflated?”
PFF, which is majority-owned by NBC’s Cris Collinsworth, offers exclusive services to NFL teams, agents, and college football programs.
It’s reasonable to expect that teams and agents use PFF, to some degree, to determine a player’s value. If those grades are being inflated because of payments from players, then it throws the legitimacy of the entire business into question.
For now, it’s nothing but Lewan making a comment to a Barstool Sports employee. Maybe it’s just a rumor among players in the NFL.
I can certainly understand, though, why NFL players would want their grades inflated. It could mean the difference between signing a contract and sitting at home waiting on the phone to ring.
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