Reading between the lines, it sounds like there is a chance Andre Johnson could get a contract upgrade this offseason.
The same can’t be said for Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis.
Mathis is skipping OTAs in hopes of a new deal, but Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said twice on Monday to Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union that Mathis is wasting his time. Big Cat Country first reported Mathis would skip out last week.
There have been no contract talks with Mathis and there won’t be any in the future. (We agree with the Jaguars stance. Mathis doesn’t have much leverage.)
Del Rio tried to publicly pressure Mathis, who has already attended mandatory camp. The coach said he was looking for “dedicated players” who attend every OTA practice and he wasn’t happy with Mathis’ absence.
Mathis won’t see any money, but Del Rio should lose some. His public pressure is a clear violation of the collective bargaining agreement. The league either needs to make these OTAs mandatory (a bad idea) or fine coaches that publicly flaunt the spirit of the rules.