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.
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 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
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