It is a big deal when players hold out of minicamp, but it really isn't the end of the world. Unless that player is currently under contract, he isn't "required" to show up for the last dog and pony show of the offseason. Therefore, a lot of the talk about Drew Brees holding out isn't a really big deal.
Does anyone really expect the future Hall of Fame quarterback to miss any time in 2012? I really don't.
Now, when a player like Maurice Jones-Drew, who is under contract, is a no-show, then you do have to take notice.
Either way, I am pretty sure that franchises around the National Football League would have loved to have their full complement of players show up for the final organized team activity prior to the start of training camp in about three weeks.
Let's take a look at the most notable minicamp absences throughout the NFL.