A 'Who's Who' of who's holding out from mandatory NFL minicamps
There's good news in Seattle, where Marshawn Lynch did attend Seahawks minicamp. Lynch is still likely to seek amendments to his deal, but he is in camp for the defending world champions for now. As far as the other potential minicamp holdouts go, the situation is far more troublesome for the Seahawks' divisional rivals down south, the San Francisco 49ers.
Vernon Davis and Alex Boone, San Francisco 49ers - Both the 49ers starting tight end and center are seeking new deals. Vernon Davis wrote the Monday Morning Quarterback guest column on Sports Illustrated this week, explaining why he's no longer inclined to honor the 5-year extension he signed in 2010. "Four years later, and I’m playing at a higher level than I was then, which brings me to why I’m holding out. It’s all about getting paid what you deserve. It’s not that complicated," Davis wrote. "I can’t listen to anyone but my family and my advisors, because those are the people who are going to be there when football inevitably dumps me."
Andre Johnson, Houston Texans - It's no secret that Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson wants out. He is not holding out for money. he's reportedly sick of the losing culture in Houston and hopes to be traded to a contender.
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints - Graham's holdout is a little different, because he's already been assigned the franchise tag. Typically a player then gets paid the average of the top five players at his position. Graham is arguing to arbitrators that he plays more as a combo tight end/wide receiver, since he led the team in catches, receiving and touchdowns, and lined up in the slot position for the majority of the Saints' offensive snaps last season. The difference between the tight end and wide receiver franchise salaries is more than $5 million.
Kyle Orton, Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys backup QB is considering retirement, and has not yet committed to this season.
Eric Wright, San Francisco 49ers - The 49ers cornerback is also considering retirement. (UPDATE: According to the Bay Area Sports Guy, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said it is his understanding that Wright will retire, and that he's "making a decision to not play football.")
Mike Goodson, New York Jets - Here's a curious one—New York Jets running back Mike Goodson just flat-out did not show up for minicamp. He does not have a contract issue and he has not discussed retirement, he just blew it off. Even his agent is mad at him, saying "Mike must be accountable and responsible for his own actions and comprehend not only effective communication but simple communication." Goodson is facing two weapons charges from last year, and is likely to be released by the Jets.