Training Camp Update: Which OTA Malcontents are Most Likely to Hold Out?
With teams preparing to officially kickoff training camp, there are still a number of questions to be answered about the status of some players for the 2010 NFL season.
Most teams have a pretty clear mindset of what to expect when training camp kicks off one month from now, but there are still those who may need to make some adjustments without some of their star players. There are a number of teams with star players who are still threatening to holdout because of contract disputes or trade demands.
So which NFL players are most likely to holdout once training camp kicks off? Check out the list to find out.
Albert Haynesworth: Washington Redskins
Yes, Albert Haynesworth issued a statement Wednesday claiming he would show up to training camp for the Redskins in July. However, it's a lot easier for someone to say they'll actually do something than to do it.
Haynesworth has been frustrated with the recent changes made during the offseason—especially when it comes to switching to a 3-4 defense. He skipped the team's OTA's last week and has been fighting for the team to trade him most of the offseason.
While he certainly has no reason to holdout for money after claiming a $21 million bonus in April, it would come as no surprise if Haynesworth still decided to holdout with the hopes of getting traded.
Chris Johnson: Tennessee Titans
"You know he's under contract right now."
These are the words of Titans head coach Jeff Fisher when asked about Chris Johnson wanting a new contract before the 2010 season. After becoming the sixth player in NFL history to cross the 2,000 yard mark last season, Johnson has expressed his desire for a new deal and believes he's worthy of a new contract with guaranteed money in the range of $30-$40 million.
Unfortunately, these two sides seem nowhere close to reaching an agreement—which means Johnson will most likely holdout entering training camp. He skipped the team's mandatory OTA's last week and has made it clear that playing for $500,000 is not an option for 2010.
Vincent Jackson: San Diego Chargers
Over the last two seasons, Vincent Jackson has 127 catches for 2,265 yards and 16 touchdowns. He's spent the last five years with San Diego and wants to be part of the team for the long run.
Unfortunately, the Chargers want to delay those plans for at least one more season, as they appear to be more interested in signing Jackson to a one-year tender for now. He could make over $3 million by agreeing to the deal, but the Pro Bowl wideout has expressed his desire to hold out for a long-term deal—even if it means missing part of the 2010 season.
Marcus McNeill: San Diego Chargers
Like teammate Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill missed the June 15th deadline to sign his tender with the Chargers. As a result, he will only make $583,000 in 2010 instead of the $3.1 million the tender would have provided him.
The two-time Pro Bowler has played a major role with protecting Philip Rivers throughout his five-year career with San Diego. Not only does McNeill want a long-term deal, but also he apparently wants to be one of the highest paid offensive tackles in the NFL.
He may be good at protecting his quarterback, but McNeill has been criticized when it comes to run blocking protection. He may decide to holdout throughout training camp or demand a trade, but at this point, the Chargers may win this battle, as they seem prepared to move on without McNeill if necessary.
Darrelle Revis: New York Jets
Last week, Bob Glauber of "Newsday" reported how the Jets and Darrelle Revis could be closing on a deal that would not only allow him to average $12 million per season, but also surpass the $100 million mark.
Revis has made it clear he wants to be the highest paid cornerback in the NFL and wants to earn more than the Raiders' Nnamdi Asomghua—who is in the middle of a three-year $45.3 million deal. While he's in the middle of his $36 million rookie deal, Revis is scheduled to make just $1 million in 2010.
The risk of losing money because of injuries has played a strong factor for many decisions for players to holdout—with Revis being the latest victim. He knows how valuable his talent is and wants to earn the big money now instead of waiting—which could mean a long holdout if a new deal isn't negotiated before training camp.
Dez Bryant: Dallas Cowboys
ESPN.com recently discussed the potential of Dez Bryant holding out since he draws similarities to last year's famous rookie holdout, Michael Crabtree.
Bryant was selected by the Cowboys with the 24th pick in this year's draft, but was once considered a possible candidate to fall in the top 10. In other words, by being selected in the late first round, he missed out on millions in guaranteed money.