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2010 NFL Holdout Watchlist – Updated as of September 1 by Lloyd Vance

Even as the regular season approaches, Holdouts are still going on in the NFL (pictured Patriots OG Logan Mankins)

The NFL opener on September 9th – Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints — will be here before we know it.  But there are still holdout situations that are on the NFL’s front page: New York Jets vs. Pro Bowl CB Darrelle Revis, the San Diego Chargers vs. (OT Marcus McNeill and WR Vincent Jackson), and the New England Patriots vs. OG Logan Mankins.

2010 Holdout Watchlist (updated as of September 1st)

New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis (Agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod) – Incredibly the NY Jets and their star corner remain on the outs.  Revis, who is currently slated to make $1 million in the 4th year of his 6-year rookie contract, remaining in the Aliquippa, PA area as he holds out.  Even though NY Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum has refused to talk about Revis getting a Nnamdi Asomugha type contract — signed a 3-year, $45.3 million extension in ’09 – there is a possibility that the win-now J-E-T-S’ hands are tied as there is no way they can win the Super Bowl without Revis.  As the season gets closer, the former Pitt star definitely is starting to get some leverage.  The interesting part of this equation is that the NY Jets have recently opened their checkbook to OT D’Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold, so you have to think Revis is next.  With the season creeping closer and Rex Ryan continues his whining on HBO’s Hard Knocks, this has to end soon…right??   Even though both sides have issued a “gag” order on public disclosure of negotiations, I am hearing that Revis wants a deal in the neighborhood of 10 years, $160M and $30M guaranteed.  Unfortunately for Revis Island, the NY Jets are said to be offering something more like 10 years, $122M.  We will see who blinks first in this one, but this is getting too long – over 30 Days – and the NY Jets desperately need their star corner to cover Ravens Pro Bowl receiver Anquan Boldin in their opener.

Chargers OT Marcus McNeill (Agent Jimmy Sexton) – This holdout maybe turning in McNeil’s favor as veteran OT Tra Thomas recently retired and OG Tyronne Green (6’2, 309) doesn’t seem to up to being an NFL left tackle.  McNeil’s representatives and Chargers GM AJ Smith have been in contact a lot recently and I am predicting this one will end before the regular season.  Even though McNeil had his offer reduced on June 15th to 1-year, $600,000 dollars, expect Smith to be working off of the New York Jets extension for D’Brickashaw Ferguson — six-year, $60 million extension, which included $34.8 million.  As the season approaches both Smith and QB Philip Rivers want their star quarterback’s blindside protected.

New England Patriots OG Logan Mankins (Agent Frank Bauer) – While everyone is talking about Revis and McNeil on a daily basis, the NFL’s ugliest holdout could quite possibly be in New England.  It has been reported that Mankins and the Patriots have not talked since early in the summer and that the Pro Bowl guard is ready to stay home for the entire season.  The 28-year old still has not signed his restricted free agent tender offer of 1-year, $1.54 million (down from $3.268 million after June 15th) and don’t expect any revelations anytime soon.  Mankins wants a deal similar to Saints’ OG Jahri Evans — recently extended with the terms 7-years, $56.7M w/ $19M in year 1).  Even with Nick Kaczur on I/R, the Patriots decided to trade for former Falcon Quinn “Facebook” Ojinaka rather than deal their former Pro Bowl offensive guard.

 Chargers WR Vincent Jackson (Agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod) – Much like McNeill, Jackson seems intent on making Smith’s life miserable.  Vincent also still has not signed his restricted free agent tender – now reduced to $600,000 — June 15 reduction.  The former Pro Bowl receiver is coming off a big year — 68 catches for 1,167 yards and 9 TDs – and still  hopes to get a Brandon Marshall-type deal (four-year deal worth $47.5 million with $24 million guaranteed).  There have been whispers that Jackson will be traded soon (Seahawks??) or report with the stipulation that he can leave in 2011.  Also complicating matters is Vincent’s pending 3-game NFL suspension.   Already the Chargers seem content to move on with receivers Malcolm Floyd, Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson, Leegudu Nanee and Craig Davis.  So far, only the Seattle Seahawks have been given permission to talk to Jackson about a possible trade.  Maybe receiver-starved teams the Redskins, Browns, Vikings, and Bears may soon be entering the fray.

Chiefs safety Jarrad Page (Agent John Page, his brother) – This restricted free agent still has not signed his 1-year tender offer — 1-YR, $1.759M – and continues to “holding out”.  The NFL’s quietest holdout has gone on since mini-camp, but I expect to eventually see Page back on the field.  He may very well be traded out of KC (to Detroit???) by no-nonsense GM Scott Pioli.  Recently in an email to Pro Football Talk, Page’s representation called the Chiefs” organization, “Vindictive“… and you know that is really going to help further harmony in negotiations.

Other “resolved” possible Holdouts

Chargers LB Shawne Merriman  (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender of 1-yr, $3.269M on August 13th and then hurt his Achilles in practice)

SF 49ers NT Aubrayo Franklin (Finally signed his “franchise player” deal – 1-year, $7,003,000 dollars at the end of August and reported)

Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth (Reported – Finally seems to be buying into Mike Shanahan’s system, but the $100 Million Dollar Man still sulks occasionally and what was up with his whole muscle disease story)

Vikings WR Sidney Rice (Reported — Has a hurt hip that required surgery (8 weeks) and will make $550,000 in ’10)

Titans RB Chris Johnson (received $2M escalator payment early and reported)

Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett (reported — Rosenhaus and Dockett will have to wait until ’11)

Saints OT Jermon Bushrod (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Ravens OT Jared Gaither (Signed Restricted F/A Tender and reported, but has a back injury)

Redskins OT Jammal Brown (Traded to the Redskins from Saints, signed his 1-year tender and reported)

Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh (Signed Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Titans TE Bo Scaife (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Ravens QB Troy Smith (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

St. Louis Rams FS O.J. Atogwe (Re-Signed with the Rams and reported)

Cleveland Browns LB D’Qwell Jackson (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Denver Broncos DE/OLB Elvis Dumervil (Received a six-year, $61.5 million extension and reported, torn pectoral after signing)

NY Jets LB David Harris (reported and might get an extension soon)

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (reported)

Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis (reported)

Browns safety Abe Elam (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

NY Jets center Nick Mangold (reported – Received a huge extension on August 23rd with terms 7 years with a maximum of $55 M)

Texans WR Andre Johnson (reported and received a two-year, $23.5 million extension with $13 million guaranteed on August 6th)

Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton (reported — Not much leverage and is fighting for a roster spot)

Browns LB Matt Roth (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Giants DE Osi Umenyiora (Reported)

Browns K Phil Dawson (Reported)

Redskins FS Laron Landry (reported)

Chiefs G Brian Waters (reported)

Cowboys DL Marcus Spears (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (Reported)

Colts QB Peyton Manning (Reported and will probably get an extension before last year of contract runs out)

Colts DE Robert Mathis (Reported)

Patriots QB Tom Brady (Reported and will probably get an extension before last year of contract runs out)

Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley (Reported — Steelers have said no extensions in ’10)

Bills RB Marshawn Lynch (Reported)

Vikings DE Ray Edwards (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

SF 49ers OLB Manny Lawson (Reported)

Buccaneers LB Barrett Ruud (Reported)

Panthers CB Richard Marshall (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

 SF 49ers OLB Kentwan Balmer (reported – was traded to Seattle for a 6th Rd pick in ’11)

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

Updated 2010 NFL Holdout Watchlist by Lloyd Vance

There are still a few stalwarts that are away from camp as players, like San Diego Chargers OT Marcus McNeill, are Holding Out

Now that all NFL teams are in training camp, holdout talk has really heated-up.  There are currently three major holdout situations that are on the NFL’s front page: New York Jets vs. Pro Bowl CB Darrelle Revis, the San Diego Chargers vs. their 3 restricted free agents (OT Marcus McNeill, LB Shawn Merriman, and WR Vincent Jackson), and the New England Patriots vs. OG Logan Mankins.

Sure “holdouts” are a rite of passage, because star players always believe that they have “outperformed” their existing contracts.  In looking back at league history, in 1975, former Miami Dolphins superstars Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick and Paul Warfield jumped to the World Football League (WFL) in an effort to be paid what they thought they deserved. This year more than ever, the uncertain times around the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement has caused both players and owners to talk tough. 

The owners are pointing to the 30% rule in the current CBA and an uncapped 2010 season.  But they are also not saying, at least publicly, if a deal is in place to not put too many new deals on the table, given there maybe a lockout in 2011.  Surprisingly an uncapped year has also shown that there is “no floor” too.  Owners seem less likely than ever to pay guaranteed money including signing bonuses on new player deals because they could potentially cover lost salary during a lockout – heck even future Hall of Famers Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are in the last year of their deals.  “Underpaid” star players are countering by holding out in hopes that their value to their team will sway their respective owners to open their checkbooks even with the CBA situation. 

You don’t have to be an NFL capologist to know that the longer that a holdout goes on, the more likely it will turn “ugly” quickly.  It is a test of wills between players/agents and teams and someone has to blink first.  Usually in the NFL’s world of non-guaranteed contracts – described by ESPN’s Mark Schlereth with the saying “The contracts should be written on toilet paper” — it is the players who come off their stances quicker. The owners are clearly holding the proverbial “Hammer”. Players under contract have to worry about the league’s 30-day rule (August 10th deadline), fines — $14,000 to $16,500 dollars daily for missed training camp days — and possible missing game checks. 

Also teams love to point to the case of 1985 Chicago Bears where highly valued players Safety Todd Bell and LB Al Harris held-out the entire season but their team still went on to win the Super Bowl without them.  Players have to always be mindful that the “NFL Never Sleeps” — the Saints and Vikings will kick-off the season as scheduled on September 9th — and that everything will go on with or without them.

So with 256 of 257 drafted rookies already signed including all 32 first-round picks, everyone’s holdout attention is now focused on the veterans still sitting on the sidelines.  Hopefully Revis, McNeill, Jackson, and the rest of the NFL’s holdouts will workout their respective situations as holdouts are a no-win situation for everyone involved.

2010 Holdout Watchlist (updated as of August 10th)

New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis – Arguably the best corner in the NFL is very unhappy about his current contract and is holding out.  Revis, who now owes over $128,000 dollars in fines for each missed camp day at $16,523 per, is currently slated to make $1 million in the 4th year of his 6-year rookie contract.  After a season where he basically carried the NY Jets to the AFC Championship Game, the former University of Pittsburgh star wants to be paid like an All-Pro.  Revis wants a deal similar to fellow Pro Bowl player and highest-paid corner, Oakland Raiders’ Nnamdi Asomugha – signed a 3-year, $45.3 million extension in ‘09. However it is going to be tough for the NY Jets to find a way of paying Revis on Asmougha’s level, especially after already extending OT D’Brickshaw Ferguson (six-years, $60M), plus signing free agents LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, and others.  There is no doubt that NY Jets head coach Rex Ryan wants Revis – 2009 stats of 54 TKLs, 31 passes defensed and 6 INTs in 16 starts – in camp badly.  But management (owner Woody Johnson and GM Mike Tannenbaum) and the star cornerback’s side (includes family member / mentor and former NFL holdout Sean Gilbert) seem entrenched in a bad way.  Hopefully the NFL Films / HBO cameras for Hard Knocks are ready as this one may get real “ugly”.   There is no doubt, that it is incumbent on both sides to find a compromise as the J-E-T-S have no chance of going far into the playoffs without Revis Island on their side.

New England Patriots OG Logan Mankins – While everyone is talking about Revis and the Chargers’ Big 3 as the biggest holdouts in the NFL, quietly their is a very important contract impasse taking place in New England.  Mankins a former 2-time Pro Bowl player has been at odds with the Patriots’ brass (i.e. Bill Belichick) over his contract situation.  The 28-year old former first rounder out of Fresno State believes that the Patriots current restricted free agent tend offer of 1-year, $1.54 million is too low (down from $3.268 million after June 15th).  Mankins really would like a contract more in the neighborhood of the Saints’ OG Jahri Evans — recently extended with the terms 7-years, $56.7M w/ $19M in year 1).  Though many people don’t think of the value of a very good interior offensive lineman…trust me it certainly is on the mind of QB Tom Brady.  Mankins says he wants to be traded or there is the possibility of him sitting out the whole year — I don’t see either of those options happening.  However Brady’s protector may have some leverage as his replacement Nick Kaczur maybe lost for the season with a back injury and deep back-up Dan Connolly doesn’t have much experience. This situation will definitely get interesting as a Patriots insider has told me, “Mankins is just stubborn enough to sit out the entire 2010 season”.

Chargers OT Marcus McNeill — Outside of Darrelle Revis’ fight with the NY Jets, this maybe the NFL’s most compelling holdout.  McNeill, a Pro Bowl offensive tackle, is not happy at all about his contract situation and he refused to sign his restricted free agent tender.  Frustrated Chargers GM AJ Smith then on June 15th reduced McNeill’s offer from 1-year, $3.168M to $600,000 dollars.  Both camps seem to have dug in deep, but it maybe San Diego who blinks in this one.  It probably didn’t help matters when the NY Jets gave Ferguson his big deal.  The Chargers signed veteran OT Tra Thomas as insurance, but already he is out after recently having his knee scoped.  San Diego in turn then went with the desperate act of moving OG Tyronne Green (6’2, 309) to left tackle.  We will see if Green can protect franchise QB Philip Rivers’ blindside, but I am not confident he can on a daily basis so I am sure McNeill will be getting a call soon.

Chargers WR Vincent Jackson – Much like McNeill, Jackson seems intent on making Smith’s life miserable.  Vincent also has not signed his restricted free agent tender – started out at 1-year, $3.268M, which was reduced to $600,000 on June 15th — and is “holding out”.  The Pro Bowl receiver is coming off a big year — 68 catches for 1,167 yards and 9 TDs – and was hoping to get a Brandon Marshall-type deal (four-year deal worth $47.5 million with $24 million guaranteed).  You know that Smith isn’t even thinking about hooking Jackson up with a deal like Marshall’s, especially after the star receiver got in trouble again for DUI, resulting in a 3-game NFL suspension.  I guess after Smith figures out how to make McNeill happy that Jackson is next, but his case is not as pressing with receivers Malcolm Floyd, Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson,  Leegudu Nanee and Craig Davis already in camp.

 Chargers LB Shawne Merriman – You would have thought after not producing at a level that he did in the past — 4 sacks in the past two years over 15 total games — that Merriman would be in camp.  However the NFL’s former poster outside linebacker has not signed his Restricted F/A Tender (1-yr, $3.269M) and is “holding out”.  I guess Merriman is caught-up in the fight between Chargers GM AJ Smith and fellow restricted free agents Marcus McNeil and Vincent Jackson.

 SF 49ers NT Aubrayo Franklin – Hopefully the Niners larger fire hydrant 3-4 nose will wake-up to the fact that his team overpaid for him and end his holdout by signing his “franchise player” deal – 1-year, $7,003,000 dollars.  Franklin, who is not being fined since he is unsigned, was lucky enough to be part of the franchise player class as New England Patriots NT Vince Wilfork and Green Bay Packers Ryan Pickett.  But in my opinion he is not on those two players level.

Chiefs safety Jarrad Page – This restricted free agent has yet to sign his 1-year tender offer — 1-YR, $1.759M – and is “holding out”.  Page is a solid on a rebuilding team, but I don’t know how much leverage that he has in not signing his deal.  I am sure the new Chiefs’ braintrust of GM Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley are not one bit happy with Page being on the sidelines.  He better come in soon as Kansas City has Brandon Flowers and Mike Brown already in camp.

Other “resolved” possible Holdouts

Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth (reported – finally passed his conditioning test on his 4th try and will now try to be the 100 Million Dollar Man that head coach Mike Shanahan expects)

Vikings WR Sidney Rice (Reported — Has “hurt” hip and is not happy about being slated to make $550,000 in ’10)

Titans RB Chris Johnson (received $2M escalator payment early and reported)

Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett (reported — Rosenhaus and Dockett will have to wait until ’11)

Saints OT Jermon Bushrod (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Ravens OT Jared Gaither (Signed Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Redskins OT Jammal Brown (Traded to the Redskins from Saints, signed his 1-year tender and reported)

Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh (Signed Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Titans TE Bo Scaife (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Ravens QB Troy Smith (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

St. Louis Rams FS O.J. Atogwe (Re-Signed with the Rams and reported)

Cleveland Browns LB D’Qwell Jackson (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Denver Broncos DE/OLB Elvis Dumervil (Received a six-year, $61.5 million extension and reported)

NY Jets LB David Harris (Received an extension and reported)

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (reported)

Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis (reported)

Browns safety Abe Elam (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

NY Jets center Nick Mangold (reported — Jets trying to get Revis’ deal done first)

Texans WR Andre Johnson (reported and is expected to get an extension around 1st preseason game)

Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton (reported — Not much leverage and is fighting for a roster spot)

Browns LB Matt Roth (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Giants DE Osi Umenyiora (Reported, but has a bad hip injury)

Browns K Phil Dawson (Reported)

Redskins FS Laron Landry (reported)

Chiefs G Brian Waters (reported)

Cowboys DL Marcus Spears (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (Reported)

Colts QB Peyton Manning (Reported and will probably get an extension before last year of contract runs out)

Colts DE Robert Mathis (Reported)

Patriots QB Tom Brady (Reported and will probably get an extension before last year of contract runs out)

Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley (Reported — Steelers have said no extensions in ’10)

Bills RB Marshawn Lynch (Reported)

Vikings DE Ray Edwards (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

SF 49ers OLB Manny Lawson (Reported)

Buccaneers LB Barrett Ruud (Reported — Threatening a “walkout”)

Panthers CB Richard Marshall (Signed his Restricted F/A Tender and reported)

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

2010 NFL Pre-Training Camp Top Stories – Holdouts by Lloyd Vance

Even 3-time Super Bowl winning QB Tom Brady is a potential holdout before training camps start

Holdouts are a rite of passage leading up to training camp. When one player gets a shiny new contract (See Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall’s deal for four-year deal worth $47.5 million with $24 million guaranteed), there are five other players who are saying they deserve equal or more.

Of course NFL owners are pointing to the 30% rule, an uncapped 2010 season and the certain times around the CBA (owners want an 18% roll-back on player revenues), as the major reasons that they are taking a tough stance with potential holdouts.  But the NFLPA also is monitoring potential holdouts as overall player salaries for 2010 are lower than last year and it has been a very slow free agent market — can you say, “Collusion”… I know NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith can. 

Also owners will not say it, but they do not want to pay a signing bonus on new player deals which could potentially cover lost salary during a lockout.  That is why future Hall of Famer and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who is in the last year of his 2004 contract extension – 7 years, $99.2M with a $34.5M signing bonus (due $15.8M in 2010), has not received a new deal yet.  Manning and Patriots QB Tom Brady are expected to get new contracts with at least $50 million guaranteed.

However I have found most players talk tough about holding out during OTAs and the offseason until the prospect of fines — $14,000 to $16,000 dollars daily for missed training camp days — and missed game checks in the regular season come into play. The dollars can pile-up quickly — Seahawks receiver Deion Branch lost over $600,000 dollars in fines and 1 game check of $65,625 dollars during his 2006 holdout with the Patriots.

Holdout players under contract definitely need to understand that a prolonged stay away from their team could cause them to lose accrued seniority towards free agency. Under NFL rules, players under contract must report at least 30 days before the overall first NFL regular season game (August 10th deadline) or they will forfeit an accrued season of seniority.  Players talking tough about a holdout that might end up in this category are Brady, Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth, NY Jets CB Darrelle Revis, Titans RB Chris Johnson, Steelers OLB LaMarr Woodley and others.

As for unsigned draft picks, franchised players and restricted free agents that are thinking “Holdout”, the Week 10 of the regular season is huge.  Because players not under contract, who eventually sign after a holdout, need to be part of the team for at least in six regular season games in order to earn an accrued season towards free agency.  The biggest potential 2010 holdouts in this category are Chargers restricted free agents WR Vincent Jackson and OT Marcus McNeil.

Everyone associated with the league also is monitoring “Holdout” talk around unsigned rookie players. With training camps about 2 weeks away (Cleveland Browns rookies report on July 23rd), there are currently no first round selections signed at this time including first overall pick St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford –  expected to receive a contract greater than Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s – 6 years, $72M with $41.75M guaranteed.  Hopefully the NFL will avoid the rookie signing problems that force San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree to sit-out well into the 2009 regular season — 20 of the 32 first-round picks in 2009 were unsigned when their teams opened up training camp.  My guess for the longest 2010 first rounder holdout is Buffalo Bills RB CJ Spiller (9th overall pick)

In the end… if McNeil, Vincent Jackson, Haynesworth and the rest of the NFL’s many holdout candidates do continue to stay away, they need to understand that holdouts are a no-win situation everyone involved. The holdout game also usually produces animosity, lost team chemistry, and injuries. Plus most players coming back from holdouts quickly realize that their team’s have moved on without them as the “NFL Never Sleeps”. 

2010 Holdout Watchlist

Patriots QB Tom Brady

Colts QB Peyton Manning

Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth

NY Jets CB Darrelle Revis

Titans RB Chris Johnson (received a $2M escalator payment early)

Saints OT Jermon Bushrod

Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton

Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett

Chargers OT Marcus McNeil

Chargers WR Vincent Jackson

Colts WR Reggie Wayne

Broncos DE/OLB Elvis Dumervil (Signed new deal)

Ravens OT Jared Gaither

Browns LB D’Qwell Jackson

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson

Texans WR Andre Johnson

NY Jets center Nick Mangold

Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis

Chargers LB Shawne Merriman

Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh

Titans TE Bo Scaife

Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley

Bills RB Marshawn Lynch

Vikings DE Ray Edwards

SF 49ers NT Aubrayo Franklin (Unsigned Franchise Player)

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

2010 NFL Holdout Watchlist by Lloyd Vance

It is “Holdout Time” around the NFL and surprisingly Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth, the league’s highest paid defensive player, is making the most noise about not reporting to training camp

Holdouts are a rite of passge leading up to training camp and always are big news. When one player gets a shiny new contract (See Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall’s deal for four-year deal worth $47.5 million with $24 million guaranteed), there are five other players who are saying they deserve equal or more.

I have found most players talk tough about holding out during OTAs and the offseason until the prospect of fines — up to $14,000 daily for missed training camp days — and missed game checks in the regular season come into play. The dollars can pile-up quickly, just ask Seahawks receiver Deion Branch who lost over $600,000 dollars in fines and 1 game check of $65,625 dollars during his 2006 holdout with the Patriots.

Also holdout players run the risk of losing accrued seniority towards free agency. Under NFL rules, players under contract must report at least 30 days before the overall first NFL regular season game or they will forfeit an accrued season of seniority. Also keep in mind Week 10 of the regular season when talking about holdouts and free agency.

Unsigned franchised players and restricted free agents, like Chargers potential 2010 holdouts WR Vincent Jackson and OT Marcus McNeil, need to play at least six regular season games in order to earn an accrued season towards free agency. So most lingering holdouts will surely end by Week 10 as I can’t even think of a player crazy enough to lose an accrued season.

There is also no doubt that the looming threat of a lockout in 2011 (CBA expiring) looks like a big cause of the NFL’s “Holdout” problems.  A signing bonus on new player deals would likely cover lost salary, but why would owners want to protect big-ticket players. 

In the end… if McNeil, Vincent Jackson, Haynesworth and the rest of the NFL’s many holdout candidates continue do stay away, they need to understand that holdouts are a no-win situation everyone involved. Most players after coming back from holdouts realize that their team’s have moved on without him and in Branch’s case, he has not been the same player after holding out.

The holdout game almost always leads to animosity, lost team chemistry, and injuries – just look at the 2007 Kansas City Chiefs (4-12), who were a team that never got on track after running back Larry Johnson’s extended holdout that lasted almost the length of training camp.

None the less, there are several players and their agent that are talking holdout with about a month to go until training camp.

2010 Holdout Watchlist

Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth – Recently fined $10,000 dollars for missing a mandatory OTA, but seems determined to not play in Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s new 3-4 allignment.  You would think the $21 Million that the Redskins paid Haynesworth on April 1st would humble him enough to want to play.  This one looks like it is going to be a long one… it may take Roger Goodell, the NFLPA, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, and Chad Speck (Haynesworth’s agent) getting involved.

NY Jets CB Darrelle Revis — After having the season of a lifetime in 2009 and having his play termed “Revis Island”, this All-Pro wants a deal like his peers.  He definitely deserves to be paid more than Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall (2009 deal for 6-years, $55 Million with $23 Million guaranteed).  To Revis’ credit, he did report to mandatory OTAs.  However NY Jets’ owner Woody Johnson has already written big checks to OLB Jason Taylor and WR Santonio Holmes plus there is the little matter of the uncertain NFL labor landscape (CBA expires in March 2011).

Titans RB Chris Johnson — The player with probably the biggest gripe out there is CJ2K.  After busting into the NFL record books in 2009, Johnson is slated to be paid less than is backup Alvin Pearman — slated to make $630, 000 in 2010.  This is a tough one to call, because the Titans — led by no-nonsense head coach Jeff Fisher — seem poised to dig their heels in given the NFL’s labor situation and their conservative nature.  If the CBA was already in place, this one would only take a New York minute.  To matters worse, CJ2K is tweeting his frustrations.  The 2009 NFL offensive player of the year recently told the Tennessean, “I can’t play for $550,000…The money that I am playing for, I am getting paid less than the starting 11 and I’m one of the lowest paid starting running backs in the league.’’

Saints OT Jermon Bushrod – An unhappy O-lineman that has experienced Super Bowl success and wants to be compensated too.  Bushrod,  a road-grader restrict free agent, will probably get new deal soon as the Saints recently traded Jammal Brown to the Redskins.

Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton — I don’t think he has much leverage as the Cowboys are getting ready to take care of restricted free agent Miles Austin and they have already drafted future starter Dez Bryant in waiting. May get his wish to be traded to Miami.

Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett – Reported, but is very unhappy about not getting a new deal yet. His agent is Drew Rosenhaus so you never know what direction this contract squabble could go.  Has criticized Haynesworth for not reporting.

Other potential training camp holdouts

Chargers OT Marcus McNeil
Chargers WR Vincent Jackson
Colts WR Reggie Wayne
Broncos DE/OLB Elvis Dumervil
Ravens OT Jared Gaither
Browns LB D’Qwell Jackson
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson
Texans WR Andre Johnson
NY Jets center Nick Mangold
Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis
Chargers LB Shawne Merriman
Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh
Titans TE Bo Scaife
Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley
Bills RB Marshawn Lynch
Vikings DE Ray Edwards

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)