Who do you think you are?
After just three seasons of playing for the Green Bay Packers, cornerback Tramon Williams' agent is looking for him to hold out this upcoming season.
Sure Williams has six interceptions in his short career and has also shown his value in special teams.
For some reason, when you play for the Packers and you have a good season, players hold out. Aren't they under contract?
With all the rules the NFLPA has to protect their players, where are the rules to protect the NFL teams?
If I was to sign a contract to have a security system, and didn't pay, wouldn't I be brought to a collection agency?
The same should go for the NFL teams who have been plagued by rouge agents talking their player into thinking they're something their not.
If you hold out, you should owe the rest of your contract to the team. Plain and simple.
It's frustrating to see how pro football players don't have to follow the same rules as the rest of the world does.
Lets go back to wide receiver Javon Walker's hold out.
Leading up to the 2005 Packers season, the wide receiver was holding out most of the offseason. He decided to end his holdout, but it was too late.
He missed the workouts, and in the first game of the season he got hurt. Out for the rest of the year. Hmm, I wonder if the holdout was worth it?
The very next season he was traded to the Denver Broncos. Just four seasons removed from his 89-reception, 1,382-yard year, he is not the same player.
Since the trade, Walker has only racked up a dismal 1,567 yards.
Example two comes from a player who held out last offseason, running back Ryan Grant.
Claimed off of waivers in the 2007 season by the Packers, Grant had a very productive year. He rushed for 956 yards and eight touchdowns.
That was enough for him to hold the Packers hostage the following year. He missed a great portion of OTAs, and he definitely wasn't ready for the season.
Sure he rushed for 1,203 yards and four touchdowns, but imagine what he could have done if he was involved with the team workouts. Way to show your worth that money Mr. Grant.
Let’s now go back to Williams.
Williams gave up 10.5 plays of 20 or more yards in 2008 and surrendered just four touchdowns in only nine starts.
If cornerback Al Harris wouldn't have gotten hurt, Williams would only be the nickel back, not producing much.
Tramon, learn from the mistakes of others. You only have one year left on your contract. If you really want that money, prove to the team that you deserve it.
I beg you to not listen to your agent, listen to what you want.
The Packers have nine draft picks this year, so you aren't actually valuable to the team.
They could find a good replacement for you.
Who do you think you are?