Ryan Mathews backs off pledge to be in camp on time

No. 12 overall pick Ryan Mathews is slated to be the Chargers’ feature running back, so it seemed promising when on July 3 he promised to be in training camp on time.  Mathews has since changed his tune, telling the San Diego Union-Tribune‘s Kevin Acee on Monday that his timely attendance isn’t guaranteed.

It’s also a business,” said Mathews.  “That’s what I have to realize. … I want to be on time.  Hopefully that happens.  If not, there’s nothing I can do.”
Mathews is the Chargers’ lone remaining unsigned rookie, so getting him under contract figures to be the team’s top priority over the next two weeks.  Mathews, however, gained leverage when coach Norv Turner projected after the draft that the rookie would flirt with 300 touches in his first year.  The Chargers also traded up for Mathews, and immediately inserted him with the first-team offense at minicamps.
If Mathews and his agent want to play hardball, they have Turner’s unnecessary comments to use in deliberations with G.M. A.J. Smith.  Running backs have perhaps the shortest shelf lives of any position in the league.  Beginning a career with a 250-carry season won’t help Mathews’ chances of lasting beyond age 30.
It also doesn’t hurt the player’s camp that Smith has been unable to make headway with disgruntled wide receiver Vincent Jackson, whose potential holdout makes Mathews an even more integral part of the offense.
Suddenly, Mathews is rivaling Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller as the most likely rookie to hold out.

14 responses to “Ryan Mathews backs off pledge to be in camp on time

  1. I have the feeling that Ryan Mathews would sign his contract if Dirty Harry had a bigger gun.

  2. Methinks his agent pointed out that if you tell the team you’ll be in camp on time, you end up with no negotiating leverage.
    Smartest thing for the kid to do would be to tell his *agent* that he’ll be in camp on time (even if it means taking the team’s best offer), but you have to be an idiot to state it publicly.

  3. These players are such liars. “I want to be on time. Hopefully that happens. If not, there’s nothing I can do.” Uh, don’t play the powerless victim here, you dum a$$. YOU are the boss, NOT your agent. If you want to be in camp on time, all you have to do is not hold out for RIDICULOUS money that you will NEVER see here. Be fair with the Chargers and they’ll be fair with you. Start trying to play stupid games and you’ll be lucky to ever see the field for the next 24 months.

  4. Can’t blame anybody who holds out against the Chargers. AJ’s opening bid was probably “you get to be on TV, what else do you need?” and eventually agreed to throw in $7/hour.

  5. None of the first-round picks from this year’s draft are signed yet, so Ryan Mathews is just going along with the rest of the NFL business, both players and owners. So Krow’s comment is ignorant. Plus Mathews should ask for more money because running backs have much shorter careers than most other positions.

  6. “That’s what I have to realize. … I want to be on time. Hopefully that happens. If not, there’s nothing I can do.”
    If Mathews knows how to sign his name, there is something he could do. Still, he was probably excited when he got picked so high and talked too much, before he realized that Norv wants to drive him like a rental car and AJ is tight with a dollar.

  7. DieHardSkinsFan21 won’t comment on this because he didn’t see the word “Redskins” in the article anywhere. Just in case none of you knew, he is a die hard skins fan.

  8. danielcp0303 says:
    July 19, 2010 10:30 PM
    DieHardSkinsFan21 won’t comment on this because he didn’t see the word “Redskins” in the article anywhere. Just in case none of you knew, he is a die hard skins fan.
    ————————————————–
    danielcp0303 is a huge DieHardSkinsFan21. Just in case you couldnt tell by the revelance of his comment to the story

  9. Airperuvian says:
    July 20, 2010 12:45 AM
    danielcp0303 is a huge DieHardSkinsFan21. Just in case you couldnt tell by the revelance of his comment to the story
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    Airperuvian is a historian of the english language, you can tell by his use of the word “revelance”

  10. I think Ryan Mathews deserves what Knowson Moreno got from the Broncos, both were 12th overall pick. Moreno signed a five-year, $16.7 million contract with a $5.08 million club option for 2014. Moreno rushed for 947 yards but in my own opinion Mathews is a better running back than Moreno. I think
    Mathews will rush for 1,100 yards in his first year alone so he deserves at least five-year $17 million signing contract.

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