NFL Holdouts 2011: DeSean Jackson and 6 Players Likely to Miss Training Camps
Every year there are players that feel they aren't getting the respect (code word for money) that they deserve. This year is no different, as big name players such as DeSean Jackson have already spoken of holding out.
Whether you agree or don't agree with his decision, Jackson will certainly miss a large majority of training camp. Other star players are likely to follow suit, as it is just a matter of time before it is announced.
Here are six players, Jackson included, that are likely to miss most of their respective training camps.
DeSean Jackson, WR
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As one of the most electric play makers in the NFL today, most wouldn't argue that DeSean Jackson deserves more money.
Last season, it appeared as if he and Michael Vick had a natural connection. That should only improve as these two players get more time together. They could eventually become a top duo in the league.
Jackson has missed the first day of training camp, as reported by The Morning Call, and this appears like it might last for quite some time. It comes at a terrible time for the Philadelphia Eagles, as the team looks ready to make a Super Bowl run.
Frank Gore, RB
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Even though he has struggled with injuries, Frank Gore is still a top-tier running back in the NFL.
He has all the tools you want as a featured back and he has had an extremely productive career thus far. Gore has started to realize a few things. First, he isn't getting paid what a player of his skill should get played. He has also realized that he might not have many suitors looking to pick him up in the future.
The biggest factor in Gore's holdout is that he absolutely knows that San Francisco needs him. When all these factors are combined, if the 49ers don't pay him, Gore could spend a lot of time at home rather than in training camp.
Chris Johnson, RB
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This seems like almost a repeat offseason for Chris Johnson. He threatened to holdout last year before finally settling down and getting back on the field.
Now Johnson appears extremely determined to get paid what a top NFL running back should get paid. When discussions about who the best running back in the league are had, Johnson's name is absolutely in discussion.
Without him, the Tennessee Titans offense is pitiful. Tennessee needs to get this figured out soon.
Osi Umenyiora, DE
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Osi Umenyiora has become one of the better defensive ends in football the past few seasons. He is an anchor on the New York Giants defense.
Umenyiora has had issues with Giants GM Jerry Reese and that is never a good sign. Asking for more money is one thing, but when you have a problem with your boss, it could turn ugly.
There haven't been any major trade talks involving Umenyiora's name, but it is still a possibility. Releasing him could also be a possibility, albeit a far fetched one.
If Reese and Umenyiora can't get their differences figured out soon, don't expect him to show for training camp.
Marcedes Lewis, TE
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Having a tight end that can make plays in the open field is becoming more and more necessary in today's game.
Marcedes Lewis had a breakout year last season and looks to be the real deal. He can catch and run with ease and is a pretty decent blocker too. His value might not be fully understood due to the lack of Jacksonville's pass game.
However, don't doubt his ability and the interest he will garner from teams once his contract ends following the season.
Lewis is looking for a long-term deal from the Jaguars and if he doesn't get it soon, he could miss a majority of training camp.
Brandon Lloyd, WR
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I don't know if there was a more surprising player than Brandon Lloyd last season. He burst onto the scene to become a premier deep-threat wide receiver.
With that said, it is a long shot that Lloyd actually holds out, but the idea cannot be completely dismissed. The journeyman receiver isn't getting paid like a top receiver and could very possibly demand more money.
While it might not seem likely, there is always one player that surprises us by holding out every season. My guess is that Brandon Lloyd is that surprise player.