After a beautiful header to the back of the net, Eddie Johnson continues to follow up with a celebration right into the camera clearly saying "pay me" while making money gestures with his hands. Ever since that happened that seemed to be the biggest story after the game, Bigger than Gonzalez being sent off in the 7th minute, even bigger than the Sounders grinding out a tough road victory.
So do we pay the Grown Ass Man? My opinion is, yes. I really don't want to get in the argument if the celebration was out of line and compare other strikers celebrations. What the discussion should be is how do we (The Front Office) get Johnson to stay with us and give him proper pay. With speculation of Rosales leaving next season or restructuring his contract to get that DP tag off his name, would be the perfect opportunity to keep GAM in Seattle.
What I've seen on the threads recently is do we take the risk of Signing Johnson to a DP slot and lose out on finding another Martins or Dempsey? I say we do. Johnson is happy in Seattle and with a bigger check I can only assume he would feel right at home. Making Johnson the third Designated Player gives you the three headed attack any team wants. Also it gives you that chemistry that Johnson and Dempsey already have with each other, and that can only mean good things. Once Obafemi Martins is healthy you can put him and Eddie up top, and then put Deuce right back in the attacking middle. I am not a tactician by any means so i'm not going to get into a formation discussion, but having those three players in any type of formation should have positive results.
Johnson signed a contract and needs to see it out, but once that contract expires it will be time to pay GAM.