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Despite easier CBA, there are still three holdouts


Some in the media would declare that no one holds out any more.  And that would be correct, if we ignore the three top-10 picks who are holding out this year.

Camps are open in Arizona, New York, and Tennessee, and the Cardinals, Jets, and Titans are each missing a first-round, top-10 pick.

And for guard Jonathan Cooper (Cardinals), cornerback Dee Milliner (Jets), and guard Chance Warmack (Titans), the primary lingering issue is (wait for it) offset language.

There seems to be an emerging sense that agents will yield on the ability to double dip, if the deal includes a favorable structure, like the $10 million Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher will get in the next five days — and like the one that Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill first crafted last year when he (you guessed it) held out, even though no one supposedly holds out any more.

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16 Responses to “Despite easier CBA, there are still three holdouts”
  1. hellogoodbyeandgoodnight says: Jul 26, 2013 5:26 PM

    Agents… SMH

  2. whatnojets says: Jul 26, 2013 5:27 PM

    I turned down a four year/$12.5 million fully guaranteed contract offer from The New York Jets.

    After I walked out of the complex, I realized what I just did and immediately called the Suicide Hot Line…..I was put on hold……..


  3. deepseabreeze says: Jul 26, 2013 5:29 PM

    its friday. time to party. #teamblackout

  4. u4iadman says: Jul 26, 2013 5:30 PM

    Ahhh…finally not the Raiders.
    Some other teams have the front office headaches for a change.

    Go figure, Jets.

  5. eatitfanboy says: Jul 26, 2013 5:39 PM


    How many of these first round picks are going to get cut during their rookie deals? Sure some, but not that many. And they’re holding out for the right to double dip if they fail?

    These agents are just trying to prove that rookies still need them. If the CBA was changed and the only thing negotiable was the location of the player’s parking spot at the team facility, agents would convince at least one rookie per year to hold out over that.

  6. unbiasfan says: Jul 26, 2013 5:43 PM

    Dee Miliner and Jonathan Cooper are holding out and they’re on the Jets and Cardinals…coincidence? I think not..

  7. themackstrong says: Jul 26, 2013 5:45 PM

    I think its widely known that NFLPA got taken out back for a old fashion beatdown in the last CBA. Rookie contracts are 1/3 of what they were in the past and yet teams are still bickering with rookies on deals. Its nice that the veterans players will see that big money come to them when their contracts are up….Oh wait…..

  8. patriots123456 says: Jul 26, 2013 5:53 PM

    I’d hold out also if the Jets drafted me.

    A fate worse than death.

  9. floratiotime says: Jul 26, 2013 6:06 PM

    Let them hold out.

  10. phinfan527 says: Jul 26, 2013 6:28 PM

    Not a snap in the NFL and you haven’t signed a contract?!! Luckiest yahoo’s in the world to have money thrown at you for not doing anything. Take $100,000 off of the contract each day they don’t report!! Idiots.

  11. ktfulmer says: Jul 26, 2013 7:11 PM

    I think that some GMs may be posting on this site. Off-set language in the old CBA made sense, since rookie deals were prohibitively expensive in the first round. Now that deals are comparative bargains, teams should bear some of the risk that comes with drafting, rather than passing it on to the player.

  12. granadafan says: Jul 26, 2013 7:16 PM

    It’s great that the NFL is making the rookies prove themselves before making the big money. It was absurd that college players would make more than proven vets just because they were high draft picks. That said, the NFL should not be holding the rookies hostage with long term contracts (3-5 years) especially if they’ve proven themselves.

  13. southsidesteve86 says: Jul 26, 2013 7:28 PM

    If players want more money than they should ditch their agents when signing a rookie deal and just represent themselves….not like agents can do anything with the slotted system.

  14. cardsfann1 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:35 PM

    I just don’t get it… So frustrating!!!

  15. therealraider says: Jul 26, 2013 9:47 PM

    southsidesteve86 says: Jul 26, 2013 7:28 PM

    If players want more money than they should ditch their agents when signing a rookie deal and just represent themselves….not like agents can do anything with the slotted system.


    Not true , DJ Hayden got a Top 5 contract and wasn’t even picked top 10… Wait .. Its the Raiders. Nevermind.

  16. bux1022 says: Jul 27, 2013 12:05 AM

    10 mill guaranteed in 5 days seems like the agents did something in a “slotted” system, right?

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