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Kevin Byard gets paid and contract holdouts (Handle Your Business Podcast)

Kevin Byard
Dec 22, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans free safety Kevin Byard (31) takes the field before the game against the Washington Redskins at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Multiple NFL contract holdouts

Kevin Byard just got a new contract. He’s now the highest paid safety in the NFL. For the Titans, this is great news. However, it also sets off a ripple among players due to a new contract floor.

This is why we see holdouts in the NFL. Players feel they are underpaid based on recent deals, and they want their own. This year, the contract holdouts are all crazy in their own right. Ezekiel Elliott wants a new deal with two years left on his contract. Melvin Gordon has decided that he’s going to holdout for his cash. And, Trent Williams must feel that he isn’t being paid as the highest LT he believes he is. The NFL contract world is a tricky one to navigate, but George Templeton is here to help you sort it out.

Melvin Gordon

We start with the Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon. Unlike the situation with Ezekiel Elliott, Gordon doesn’t have many negatives on his side of negotiations. Two of the things you could mention would be the contract situations for running backs in today’s NFL and the fact that Gordon has produced only a single one thousand yard season. His quarterback Phillip Rivers has said if some money is left on the table for Gordon then that’s fine. Everyone is willing, now the Chargers and Gordon need to agree.

Ezekiel Elliott

Elliot is unlike Gordon in the case that he has two more years left of his deal and is still dealing with his own off the field issues. Elliott’s on-the-field talent is unquestionable, and if he stays the course, he could be a Hall of Fame player. Throw in his off the field issues with the fact that the NFL thinks they can run players like him to the ground and you got a crazy situation for the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys would be smart to pay Elliott eventually, but they have several contracts to look at before they spend their back with two years left. Elliott should be wary of his contract holdout.

Trent Williams

Trent Williams is 31-years-old and also has two years left on his deal. With the recent Trent Brown contract, Williams wants his piece of the pie. Brown signed his big-money deal this summer, and his 4-year $66M deal could be a kicker for Williams. He believes that he is one of the best, if not the best tackles in the league. Some could argue that Brown is not. Williams should eventually get it figured out with the Redskins.

Kevin Byard – Tennesse Titans and NFL’s highest-paid safety

After Deion Sanders “roasted” him on Twitter just a year ago, Kevin Byard is the NFL’s highest-paid safety. Kevin Byard did what all NFL players would love to do – prove it on the field. He came out proved his worth and made sure the NFL media knew it. Now he’s a $70.5M man. The Titans have kept one of their own and probably one of the most underrated safeties in the NFL. Will he be worth the money, or did the Titans overpay? Templeton dives in and tries to get to the bottom of it.

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