It is mandatory minicamp time in the NFL. That means that once again, without fail, a few stars are holding out.
It happens every year. A player is unhappy with his contract situation, so he sits out to signal to his team he wants a new deal.
It costs the player short-time in terms of fines, but it usually results in a better contract, so the trade-off is worth it,
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas have already announced they are sitting out minicamp. They’re not alone either.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson will skip the team’s minicamp that begins today.
The good news for Cardinals’ fans is that Schefter said the team and Johnson are both “hopeful” they’ll get the situation resolved before the season starts.
Cardinals’ RB David Johnson is a holdout for this week’s mandatory minicamp that begins today, per league sources.
The two sides have been in discussions regarding a new contract and are hopeful a new deal will be reached before the start of the season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 12, 2018
After blasting onto the scene as a second-year player in 2016, when he rushed for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns while catching 80 passes for 879 yards, Johnson was injured in Arizona’s season opener last year.
He missed the rest of the 2017 campaign, but the versatile 26-year-old back should be good to go from a health standpoint in 2018.
Now he just has to get his contract situation in order.