Around The League: The NFL

Because there's more happening than just free agent signings.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

I've went on record as saying that the past 48 hours of the NFL offseason has been some of the craziest I've ever seen and will likely see. But amid all the free agent movings and trades, there is one thing that stinks of normalcy, players holding out who are unsatisfied with their contract. Even with the joy of the NFL returning and the shortness till the start of preseason, it seems that some players want a few more days off as some major names have expressed their displeasure with their current financial standings and have opted not to report to training camp.

So far, there have been rumblings of three major unhappy campers who are saying hell no to the now official training camp scene. The first one is Tennessee Titans standout running back Chris Johnson. Johnson, who is heading into his fourth season and is due only $800,000 in base salary, has repeatedly out performed his compensation and is seeking a more lucrative contract.

Over in San Francisco, their stud running back, Frank Gore, is also going to be a no show at camp. Gore is coming off a broken hip sustained last November but is 100% according to agent Drew Rosenhaus. He is due to make $2.7 million this season with a $2 million signing bonus.

The third camp hold out is the Philadelphia Eagles number 1 receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson is considered one of the most underpaid stars in the NFL based on income to ability. He is due just $565,000 in base salary this year on the final year of a four-year contract worth $3.486365 million.

In his short career so far Jackson has already recorded two 1,000-yard receiving seasons, set a franchise record with four punt returns for touchdowns and scored 12 touchdowns of 60 yards or more — the most in NFL history by a player before his 25th birthday. He's scored 26 touchdowns in his first 50 NFL games.

Someone get that man a raise!

For each day of training camp missed, these players will incur a $30,000 fee as stated by the new labor agreement. Sometimes you have to spend a little change to make some dollars.

 

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