Darrelle Revis: Ranking the Next 10 Guys Who Will Look For Silly Money
After an offseason of holding out, Darrelle Revis has finally agreed to sign his contract, and HBO's Hard Knocks will have a great angle for its final episode.
By Week two, Revis will be ready to play, and all will be well in Jets land.
In the age of overpaid athletes, we can guarantee that Revis will not be the last player to hold out for the big bucks.
Who will be next?
Here is a list of the top 10 players up for free agency in 2011 who will hold out for the extra cash they think they deserve.
10. Manny Lawson
San Francisco 49ers' linebacker, Manny Lawson, is rumored to be looking for a contract similar to that of Calvin Pace ($42 million over six years), but he will have to step it up with the 49ers if he wants a shot at the big bucks.
With his initial contract expiring after this season, this first round draft pick could provide us with some offseason holdout drama.
9. Malcolm Floyd
Floyd's strength and size makes him a great second option at wide receiver in San Diego. During next year's free agency period, we can expect Floyd to hold out for a bigger contract.
8. Lamarr Woodley
Woodley is one of the best linebackers in the NFL, and he is vital to the dominant Steelers defense. Although Woodley has made a name for himself as a Steeler, he will have the leverage to hold out for more money from Pittsburgh.
7. Kevin Boss
This young tight end from the New York Giants is part of what makes the Giants' running game so good, and he will be up for free agency at the end of this season. Boss has what it takes to be a staple on the Giants' offense, so he is a player that actually deserves a bigger contract.
The Giants would be wise to offer Boss enough money to keep him around for a while.
6. Zach Miller
Zach Miller is crucial to the Oakland Raiders' offense, and he has consistently improved during his three seasons in the Bay Area.
If the Raiders want a shot at getting back on top of the NFL, they will need Miller's talent, and he could hold out for nice contract with Oakland.
5. Donovan McNabb
We have yet to see if McNabb is what the Redskins need to be a playoff-caliber team, but McNabb's talent is undeniable. If Washington wants to keep talent at the quarterback position, they will need to keep McNabb happy.
And keeping McNabb happy means keeping his wallet happy.
4. Vernon Davis
Davis is the league's highest-paid tight end, and the 49ers will have to pay a pretty penny to re-sign him in the offseason after his breakout 2009 season.
But Davis will definitely be worth the expense if San Francisco is willing to pony up the cash.
3. Le'Ron McClain
Le'Ron McClain could become one of the best fullbacks in the NFL, and the Ravens need to hold onto him.
However, McClain has expressed his frustration with the lack of carrying opportunities given to him by the Ravens, and they will need to work a little magic with him this offseason.
2. Santonio Holmes
Even though Holmes has had some trouble off the field, there is no doubt that this former Super Bowl MVP will be a vital asset to any NFL team.
And he knows it! We can definitely expect Holmes to hold out for a killer contract if the Jets want to keep him.
1. Tom Brady
Brady has said publicly that he would love to retire as a New England Patriot, but he will always go where the money is. We expect Brady to give the Patriots first dibs, but this has the potential to be the biggest contract struggle of next year.