While holdouts have become unusual under the new rookie salary system, the reactions to them are fairly typical.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said he was not happy that first-rounder Dee Milliner wasn’t on hand when the rest of the Jets rookies reported to camp.
“I’m just a little disappointed he’s not here,” Ryan said, via Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I’ll coach the guys that are here.”
Milliner, the ninth overall pick, is one of four first-rounders yet to sign, along with Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher (first overall), Cardinals guard Jonathan Cooper (seventh) and Titans guard Chance Warmack (10th).
The Jets need him for practical and symbolic reasons, as he’s replacing traded superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis. Of course, Milliner’s ability to get on the field is also up in the air, as he had shoulder surgery this offseason, and his physical will dictate what he’s able to do.
“Well, we’ll see when he gets here to camp,” Ryan said, when asked if he was ready to practice.
This subtle (or not) pressure is all part of the dance, which will continue until those last four are under contract.