It is “Holdout Time” around the NFL and surprisingly Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth, the league’s highest paid defensive player, is making the most noise about not reporting to training camp
Holdouts are a rite of passge leading up to training camp and always are big news. When one player gets a shiny new contract (See Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall’s deal for four-year deal worth $47.5 million with $24 million guaranteed), there are five other players who are saying they deserve equal or more.
I have found most players talk tough about holding out during OTAs and the offseason until the prospect of fines — up to $14,000 daily for missed training camp days — and missed game checks in the regular season come into play. The dollars can pile-up quickly, just ask Seahawks receiver Deion Branch who lost over $600,000 dollars in fines and 1 game check of $65,625 dollars during his 2006 holdout with the Patriots.
Also holdout players run the risk of losing accrued seniority towards free agency. Under NFL rules, players under contract must report at least 30 days before the overall first NFL regular season game (August 10th deadline) or they will forfeit an accrued season of seniority. Also keep in mind Week 10 of the regular season when talking about holdouts and free agency.
Unsigned franchised players and restricted free agents, like Chargers potential 2010 holdouts WR Vincent Jackson and OT Marcus McNeil, need to play at least six regular season games in order to earn an accrued season towards free agency. So most lingering holdouts will surely end by Week 10 as I can’t even think of a player crazy enough to lose an accrued season.
There is also no doubt that the looming threat of a lockout in 2011 (CBA expiring) looks like a big cause of the NFL’s “Holdout” problems. A signing bonus on new player deals would likely cover lost salary, but why would owners want to protect big-ticket players.
In the end… if McNeil, Vincent Jackson, Haynesworth and the rest of the NFL’s many holdout candidates continue do stay away, they need to understand that holdouts are a no-win situation everyone involved. Most players after coming back from holdouts realize that their team’s have moved on without him and in Branch’s case, he has not been the same player after holding out.
The holdout game almost always leads to animosity, lost team chemistry, and injuries – just look at the 2007 Kansas City Chiefs (4-12), who were a team that never got on track after running back Larry Johnson’s extended holdout that lasted almost the length of training camp.
None the less, there are several players and their agent that are talking holdout with about a month to go until training camp.
2010 Holdout Watchlist
Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth – Recently fined $10,000 dollars for missing a mandatory OTA, but seems determined to not play in Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s new 3-4 allignment. You would think the $21 Million that the Redskins paid Haynesworth on April 1st would humble him enough to want to play. This one looks like it is going to be a long one… it may take Roger Goodell, the NFLPA, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, and Chad Speck (Haynesworth’s agent) getting involved.
NY Jets CB Darrelle Revis — After having the season of a lifetime in 2009 and having his play termed “Revis Island”, this All-Pro wants a deal like his peers. He definitely deserves to be paid more than Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall (2009 deal for 6-years, $55 Million with $23 Million guaranteed). To Revis’ credit, he did report to mandatory OTAs. However NY Jets’ owner Woody Johnson has already written big checks to OLB Jason Taylor and WR Santonio Holmes plus there is the little matter of the uncertain NFL labor landscape (CBA expires in March 2011).
Titans RB Chris Johnson — The player with probably the biggest gripe out there is CJ2K. After busting into the NFL record books in 2009, Johnson is slated to be paid less than is backup Alvin Pearman — slated to make $630, 000 in 2010. This is a tough one to call, because the Titans — led by no-nonsense head coach Jeff Fisher — seem poised to dig their heels in given the NFL’s labor situation and their conservative nature. If the CBA was already in place, this one would only take a New York minute. To matters worse, CJ2K is tweeting his frustrations. The 2009 NFL offensive player of the year recently told the Tennessean, “I can’t play for $550,000…The money that I am playing for, I am getting paid less than the starting 11 and I’m one of the lowest paid starting running backs in the league.’’
Saints OT Jermon Bushrod – An unhappy O-lineman that has experienced Super Bowl success and wants to be compensated too. Bushrod, a road-grader restrict free agent, will probably get new deal soon as the Saints recently traded Jammal Brown to the Redskins.
Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton — I don’t think he has much leverage as the Cowboys are getting ready to take care of restricted free agent Miles Austin and they have already drafted future starter Dez Bryant in waiting. May get his wish to be traded to Miami.
Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett – Reported, but is very unhappy about not getting a new deal yet. His agent is Drew Rosenhaus so you never know what direction this contract squabble could go. Has criticized Haynesworth for not reporting.
Other potential training camp holdouts
Chargers OT Marcus McNeil
Chargers WR Vincent Jackson
Colts WR Reggie Wayne
Broncos DE/OLB Elvis Dumervil
Ravens OT Jared Gaither
Browns LB D’Qwell Jackson
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson
Texans WR Andre Johnson
NY Jets center Nick Mangold
Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis
Chargers LB Shawne Merriman
Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh
Titans TE Bo Scaife
Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley
Bills RB Marshawn Lynch
Vikings DE Ray Edwards
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