Warning: Bumpy Road Ahead; Star NFL Players In Risky Situations

Mike Pendleton@MP2310Correspondent IJune 23, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 11:  Albert Haynesworth #92 of Washington Redskins looks at the scoreboard against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 11, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Welcome to NFL Training Camps: home of holdouts, trade requests, suspensions, roster fights, and injuries. You thought four pre-season games were bad? The drama begins even before players report for training camp. Once mini-camps initiate, both players and teams are on edge. What did they do wrong last year? How can they become better? How will the new faces fit in with the organization? The answer isn't always pretty.

Albert Haynesworth, Vincent Jackson, Ronnie Brown, Darrelle Revis, Chris Johnson. All of these players have wants while all of their teams have needs, but some organizations would like less of this bad attention. We will take a look now at all the major headlines that could shake up organizations, is one of them your favorite team?


Chris Johnson (Titans RB)—NFL's leading rusher ran for 2006 yards but was only scheduled to make $550,000. His new request? To be the highest paid offensive player in the game. Sorry Chris, it's just not going to happen.

Vincent Jackson (Chargers WR)—Not willing to sign his tender for a low price, meanwhile Chargers GM A.J. Smith won't budge his offering price. Vincent Jackson, who has been with the team since '05 and proved himself more and more every year, wants his dough, and rightfully so, he should get it. A trade might seem better off for both sides, even though San Diego would not have a primary go-to wide-out. Stay Tuned.

Ronnie Brown (Dolphins RB)—Not much of a holdout here as more of a risk. Ronnie Brown who is coming off a Lisfranc fracture (bone in ankle) has asked Miami for a multi-year deal while the Dolphins only want to give him a one year deal to make sure he can stay healthy and perform. The two seem more than likely to agree on something that will work out the best for both parties.

Darrelle Revis (Jets CB)—The man nicknamed "Revis Island" wants enough money to purchase two islands. The New York Jets are reportedly willing to send Revis $100 Million but that apparently is not enough. Oakland Raiders shut down cornerback Nnamdi Asmougha makes $15.1 million a year and Revis reportedly wants $16.2 million. Both teams also seem to be ready to make a deal that fits both the team and Revis, giving the team they're franchise defensive player and Revis his cash.

Albert Haynesworth (Washington DT)—Ah, this is where it gets ugly. Albert Haynesworth, who signed with the Washington Redskins at 12:01 am in last year's off-season, is coming off an underachieving year and now Washington wants to transit to a 3-4 defense giving Haynesworth more responsibilities and he wants no part of it. Haynesworth was recently fined $10,000 for missing a mandatory two day mini-camp after requesting a trade, both sides seem to be sick of each other and a trade seems more than likely.


Brian Cushing (Texans LB)—Testing positive for a banned substance, the reigning Rookie Defensive Player of the Year was suspended for the first four games of the season, but was permitted to keep his award after a re-vote declared him winner again. While Cushing will be missing some time, don't be surprised if you hear DeMeco Ryan's name a lot.

Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers QB)—"Big Ben" has been suspended six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy (suspension could be reduce to four games on good behavior). Big Ben was suspended after being accused of sexual assault and while he may miss some games, the Steelers hurt more than he does. With Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich battling out the starting job there is no telling how poorly the passing game might begin for Pittsburgh.

Santonio Holmes (Jets WR)— Following a trade from Pittsburgh to the New York Jets, Holmes was suspended for the first four games of the year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. While he will no doubt be the go-to receiver when he returns, Holmes finds himself in another sticky situation. If this continues, teams may not want him anymore.

With bad comes good, and while we all are not holding our breath on Brett Favre's decision on whether to retire or come back for another year, there is a lot of potential for many teams in this upcoming NFL Season.

The Raiders and Lions have all added great pieces for the long-future while teams like Dallas and the New York Jets only get stronger. The NFL off-season has had a black cloud over its head most of the time, but like any storm if you wait it out, sooner or later there is sunlight at the end of the day. This is just another crazy off-season that will lead up once again, to another memorable NFL season; just wait it out. 

I run a sports talk show on http://www.ericpedigo.com Tuesdays and Thursday 8-10 PM central called Mike'd Up come check it out sometime. I hope to be writing for Bleacher Report for a while.


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