2010 NFL Holdout Watchlist – Updated as of September 1st

Even as the regular season approaches Holdouts are still going on in the NFL (pictured Patriots OG Logan Mankins)

The NFL opener on September 9th – Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints — will be here before we know it.  But there are still holdout situations that are on the NFL’s front page: New York Jets vs. Pro Bowl CB Darrelle Revis, the San Diego Chargers vs. (OT Marcus McNeill and WR Vincent Jackson), and the New England Patriots vs. OG Logan Mankins.

2010 Holdout Watchlist (updated as of September 1st)

New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis (Agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod) – Incredibly the NY Jets and their star corner remain on the outs.  Revis, who is currently slated to make $1 million in the 4th year of his 6-year rookie contract, remaining in the Aliquippa, PA area as he holds out.  Even though NY Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum has refused to talk about Revis getting a Nnamdi Asomugha type contract — signed a 3-year, $45.3 million extension in ’09 – there is a possibility that the win-now J-E-T-S’ hands are tied as there is no way they can win the Super Bowl without Revis.  As the season gets closer, the former Pitt star definitely is starting to get some leverage.  The interesting part of this equation is that the NY Jets have recently opened their checkbook to OT D’Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold, so you have to think Revis is next.  With the season creeping closer and Rex Ryan continues his whining on HBO’s Hard Knocks, this has to end soon…right??   Even though both sides have issued a “gag” order on public disclosure of negotiations, I am hearing that Revis wants a deal in the neighborhood of 10 years, $160M and $30M guaranteed.  Unfortunately for Revis Island, the NY Jets are said to be offering something more like 10 years, $122M.  We will see who blinks first in this one, but this is getting too long – over 30 Days – and the NY Jets desperately need their star corner to cover Ravens Pro Bowl receiver Anquan Boldin in their opener.

Chargers OT Marcus McNeill (Agent Jimmy Sexton) – This holdout maybe turning in McNeil’s favor as veteran OT Tra Thomas recently retired and OG Tyronne Green (6’2, 309) doesn’t seem to up to being an NFL left tackle.  McNeil’s representatives and Chargers GM AJ Smith have been in contact a lot recently and I am predicting this one will end before the regular season.  Even though McNeil had his offer reduced on June 15th to 1-year, $600,000 dollars, expect Smith to be working off of the New York Jets extension for D’Brickashaw Ferguson — six-year, $60 million extension, which included $34.8 million.  As the season approaches both Smith and QB Philip Rivers want their star quarterback’s blindside protected.

New England Patriots OG Logan Mankins (Agent Frank Bauer) – While everyone is talking about Revis and McNeil on a daily basis, the NFL’s ugliest holdout could quite possibly be in New England.  It has been reported that Mankins and the Patriots have not talked since early in the summer and that the Pro Bowl guard is ready to stay home for the entire season.  The 28-year old still has not signed his restricted free agent tender offer of 1-year, $1.54 million (down from $3.268 million after June 15th) and don’t expect any revelations anytime soon.  Mankins wants a deal similar to Saints’ OG Jahri Evans — recently extended with the terms 7-years, $56.7M w/ $19M in year 1).  Even with Nick Kaczur on I/R, the Patriots decided to trade for former Falcon Quinn “Facebook” Ojinaka rather than deal their former Pro Bowl offensive guard.

 Chargers WR Vincent Jackson (Agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod) – Much like McNeill, Jackson seems intent on making Smith’s life miserable.  Vincent also still has not signed his restricted free agent tender – now reduced to $600,000 — June 15 reduction.  The former Pro Bowl receiver is coming off a big year — 68 catches for 1,167 yards and 9 TDs – and still  hopes to get a Brandon Marshall-type deal (four-year deal worth $47.5 million with $24 million guaranteed).  There have been whispers that Jackson will be traded soon (Seahawks??) or report with the stipulation that he can leave in 2011.  Also complicating matters is Vincent’s pending 3-game NFL suspension.   Already the Chargers seem content to move on with receivers Malcolm Floyd, Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson, Leegudu Nanee and Craig Davis.  So far, only the Seattle Seahawks have been given permission to talk to Jackson about a possible trade.  Maybe receiver-starved teams the Redskins, Browns, Vikings, and Bears may soon be entering the fray.

Chiefs safety Jarrad Page (Agent John Page, his brother) – This restricted free agent still has not signed his 1-year tender offer — 1-YR, $1.759M – and continues to “holding out”.  The NFL’s quietest holdout has gone on since mini-camp, but I expect to eventually see Page back on the field.  He may very well be traded out of KC (to Detroit???) by no-nonsense GM Scott Pioli.  Recently in an email to Pro Football Talk, Page’s representation called the Chiefs” organization, “Vindictive“… and you know that is really going to help further harmony in negotiations.

Other “resolved” possible Holdouts

Chargers LB Shawne Merriman  (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender of 1-yr, $3.269M on August 13th and then hurt his Achilles in practice)

SF 49ers NT Aubrayo Franklin (Finally signed his “franchise player” deal – 1-year, $7,003,000 dollars at the end of August and reported)

Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth (Reported – Finally seems to be buying into Mike Shanahan’s system, but the $100 Million Dollar Man still sulks occasionally and what was up with his whole muscle disease story)

Vikings WR Sidney Rice (Reported — Has a hurt hip that required surgery (8 weeks) and will make $550,000 in ’10)

Titans RB Chris Johnson (received $2M escalator payment early and reported)

Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett (reported — Rosenhaus and Dockett will have to wait until ’11)

Saints OT Jermon Bushrod (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Ravens OT Jared Gaither (Signed Restricted F/A Tender and reported, but has a back injury)

Redskins OT Jammal Brown (Traded to the Redskins from Saints, signed his 1-year tender and reported)

Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh (Signed Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Titans TE Bo Scaife (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Ravens QB Troy Smith (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

St. Louis Rams FS O.J. Atogwe (Re-Signed with the Rams and reported)

Cleveland Browns LB D’Qwell Jackson (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Denver Broncos DE/OLB Elvis Dumervil (Received a six-year, $61.5 million extension and reported, torn pectoral after signing)

NY Jets LB David Harris (reported and might get an extension soon)

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (reported)

Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis (reported)

Browns safety Abe Elam (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

NY Jets center Nick Mangold (reported – Received a huge extension on August 23rd with terms 7 years with a maximum of $55 M)

Texans WR Andre Johnson (reported and received a two-year, $23.5 million extension with $13 million guaranteed on August 6th)

Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton (reported — Not much leverage and is fighting for a roster spot)

Browns LB Matt Roth (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Giants DE Osi Umenyiora (Reported)

Browns K Phil Dawson (Reported)

Redskins FS Laron Landry (reported)

Chiefs G Brian Waters (reported)

Cowboys DL Marcus Spears (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (Reported)

Colts QB Peyton Manning (Reported and will probably get an extension before last year of contract runs out)

Colts DE Robert Mathis (Reported)

Patriots QB Tom Brady (Reported and will probably get an extension before last year of contract runs out)

Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley (Reported — Steelers have said no extensions in ’10)

Bills RB Marshawn Lynch (Reported)

Vikings DE Ray Edwards (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

SF 49ers OLB Manny Lawson (Reported)

Buccaneers LB Barrett Ruud (Reported)

Panthers CB Richard Marshall (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

 SF 49ers OLB Kentwan Balmer (reported – was traded to Seattle for a 6th Rd pick in ’11)


Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)


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