We’ve seen examples of guys holding out until late in the season to get the money they believe they deserve. Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson have both done it. But, is it really worth it? The teams have so much leverage, but, is there a way for players to gain a little bit of leverage by holding out? I mean, you have to give up all the money you would have made so that you can make more money in the future. It sounds like a strange cycle that would be hard to get out of. I don’t know if that’s something that I would be comfortable with.
If you’re willing to do that, aren’t you sort of telling your team that you could go Randy Moss on them at any moment? That would be my concern because I would feel like the team would just assume that I was being a jerk and trying to get my way because my way is more important than whether the team wins or not. When you put that kind of image out there, I think teams get turned off. I think some of them know that they need to sign some of their holdouts because the holdouts are so important, but I don’t think that that is always going to be an enticement. The league is getting younger, and, the older you get without playing, the less vauable you become.
So, is holding out a good idea? No. I don’t blame someone if they decide to, but it’s not something I would encourage or do myself. I think the teams and players need to learn how to compromise. Apparently, that part of the relationship is missing. They need to learn communication. Without that, there is too much for us writers to talk about here.