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NFL Training Camp Day 1: The Holdouts

Taking a look at the major hold outs around the NFL and why each player is deciding to not show up for the start of training camp

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NFL Training Camp Day 1: The Holdouts

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Day 1 is in the books for most NFL training camps, as some start on the 26th, and while not much on the field notable happened, still plenty of news and notes from around the league. Honestly, at this point in training camp, the biggest news tends to be not what is happening on the field but what is happening off it. For instance, take this Jalen Ramsey arrival sponsored by Adidas, as an example for the type of news that happens Day 1 at training camp. While the marketing team is killing the game at Adidas, Jalen simply stepped out of an armored truck with his gear after HaHa Davis shouted at some senior citizens through a megaphone.

This is Training Camp 2019, folks.

We will focus on the holdouts in this piece. As far as I know, there have been no major injuries to note.


So all teams have reported to training camp and we have a few holdouts this week. All of them of course contract disputes rather than a distaste for the team, well there is one that is less of a contract dispute and we’ll lead off with that.

Trent Williams is holding out for a few reasons, the main of which seems to be an uncommon reason. Trent is holding out because he is not happy with the medical staff of the Redskins and some of the treatments he received. This offseason Mr. Williams had a growth removed on his head that he believed was mishandled over the years by Redskins Medical staff. It’s not known if more money or a new contract will solve this holdout. The Redskins have brought in free agent Left Tackle Donald Penn recently for a meeting.

Melvin Gordon wants a new contract. Working off his rookie 5th year option, Gordon is set to make $5.6 Million for the upcoming season. While he may be worth way more than that, He is also asking to be one of the highest-paid backs in the league. The Chargers remain forward-focused, but know they are a better team with him. If a deal doesn’t get done Gordon says he will demand a trade.

Jadeveon Clowney was hit with a franchise tag back in March and he was under the gun to get a deal done. Clowney and the Texans had till July 15th to get a deal done before Clowney will be forced to play under the franchise tag for one season. His options are to sign the franchise tag and play under that, miss a chunk of the season or sit out the entire season. The latter two drastically affecting his pockets. If you franchise a player be prepared for him to at least skip training camp.

Michael Thomas is one of the best players to players in the league… and he’s only entering his 4th year. Playing on a rookie 2nd round deal. Let’s just say his 3,787 yards and 23 touchdowns is like finding Gucci or Prada at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx. If/when he gets his deal he’ll probably set the market for new WR contracts like Julio Jones, AJ Green and Amari Cooper who are soon to be looking for new deals.

Yannick Ngakoue is the man. He needs to be paid like it. If the Jags muff this punt then they will never live down that Blake Bortles extension. Yannick’s 29.5 sacks in 3 seasons are very impressive. To put it to scale, the aforementioned franchise-tagged Jadeveon Clowney has fewer sacks and less forced fumbles/strip-sacks than Ngakoue, even with an additional season.

This man is truly talented, he is a master of his craft and even has his own special move, I liken it to a Super Mario hop with a vicious cross chop. Still on his rookie deal, he’s set to make a little over $2 million, he deserves 18 million per year, at the very least. the Jags offered Yan 2 year $50 million but that’s not very player-friendly when thinking of injuries and the presence of rookie Josh Allen. While that yearly average is beautiful, it’s basically a 2-year franchise tag. Pay him yesterday.

Zeke Elliot looks like a holdout. Literally, if you had to picture holdout it would look like this.

I digress. No matter how funny we look as humans we should all be compensated fairly. Even through his suspension and off the field issues, Zeke has been more than fair to the Cowboys. He did not board the flight with his team to Oxnard, California on July 25th and was reported absent on July 26th. His contract and Melvin Gordon’s will set the market for Saquon Barkley, Leonard Fournette and Derrick Henry in the upcoming years.

Stay Tuned

Keep and eye open for more updates on the status’ of these players and how their discrepancies will end up. Will we see another Le’Veon Bell situation in Houston or will Clowney play under the franchise tag? Does Trent Williams trust the Redskins medical staff enough to put his health on the line? Is Melvin Gordon going to demand a trade? And if so, where will he land? A lot of important questions will iron themselves out over the next 6 weeks. Be here to see the results.

Baltimore made me. Duval raised me. New York saved me. I'm a Jags fan for life and don't ever disrespect it. I'm Duval Til' We Die #DTWD. Florida Gators over everybody. Dodgers to win it all. Since moving to NYC I have become a Brooklyn Nets fan and am still trying to pick a hockey team. Those are my main rooting interest. I'm the head NFL Writer for the Turf. You can also catch me on Amplified Network where I co-host a podcast called "60 minute suspension" highlighting all off field activity covering all sports. I'm also a very big hip hop fan. You may find some rhymes from my favorite songs in my writing.

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