Just because the Denver Broncos are having a tough season on the field doesn’t mean that the rookies were getting out of paying for a dinner for the veterans.
Broncos right tackle Menelik Watson posted the event on his Instagram story, and the bill was equal to about the price of out-of-state tuition. The meal cost $30,000, according to The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala.
That’s a lot of zeroes on that tab … pic.twitter.com/NbvP6nyKfS
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) December 16, 2017
That is a lot, but Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant would laugh if he saw that bill. When he was rookie in 2010, the Cowboys stuck him with a bill for $55,000 — not the entire rookie class, just Bryant.
This was before the rookie wage scale, so as the 24th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bryant signed a contact that guaranteed him $8.3 million. However, $55,000 in one night is quite excessive. Especially since the reason for the huge bill was due to the fact that he didn’t carry then Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams’ pads.
The entire rookie class splitting a bill for the veterans, if one person didn’t get stuck with the bill, could be seen as simply a gesture of respect. However, that is still a lot of money.