The 5 Most Notable NFL Player Holdouts

The 5 Most Notable NFL Player Holdouts

A few high-profile players are holding out in an attempt to cash in.


There are a handful of players in the NFL who are currently holding out of offseason practices for their respective teams. These players want a lucrative long-term contract extension or an adjustment to their current contract that pays them more money. Many of these players are well-known across the league and consistently perform at a high level, so this has created interest among NFL spectators and teams. Here are some of the most notable holdouts of the 2018 offseason:

1. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers' star running back has been in contract standoffs with his team since the 2016 offseason. Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on him for the second straight year, and the two sides failed to come to an agreement on a long-term deal. Bell was reportedly seeking nothing less than $14.5 million per season, even though this amount is $6 million more than the annual salary of the previous highest-paid running back in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons' Devonta Freeman.

However, the Los Angeles Rams shocked the rest of the NFL by signing Todd Gurley to an extension that will pay him $15 million per year, resetting the NFL running back market. Bell noticed this and praised the Rams' decision. The sixth-year veteran will play under the franchise tag again, and the Steelers stated they will attempt to work out a long-term contract with Bell again next offseason.

2. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Atlanta's most notable offensive stalwart received a five-year $71.5 million contract extension in 2015, but he is holding out in hopes of receiving an adjustment to his already sizable contract that will result in a pay raise. The wide receiver market exploded this offseason as Jones quickly found himself overtaken by his peers. He is widely considered to be a top 3 NFL receiver and wishes to be paid like one. Jones has stated that he wants to play his entire career in Atlanta, so why else would he be holding out?

3. Aaron Donald, DE, Los Angeles Rams

The Rams' defensive end has been one of the most disruptive players in the NFL since he arrived on the scene. The 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is entering a contract year and wishes to be given a high-level contract that matches his elite production. With teammates Gurley and Brandin Cooks receiving massive extensions and taking up significant cap space in the foreseeable future, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the Rams to negotiate a proper compensation for Donald.

4. Khalil Mack, DE, Oakland Raiders

Khalil Mack has established himself as one of the premier edge rushers in the NFL, a one-man wrecking crew and the Oakland Raiders' best defensive player by a wide margin. Like Jones, Mack has stated that he wants to play with his current team for his entire career but seeks to be rewarded handsomely for his production. Mack has racked up 70+ tackles and 10+ sacks for three straight seasons, so it is no wonder he craves a lofty contract extension.

5. Earl Thomas, FS, Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks' perennial All-Pro free safety has held out of offseason activities while sending messages to teams like Oakland and the Dallas Cowboys to acquire him. There are few safeties like Thomas in the NFL and he wants financial security for the future, so Seattle has to either give him the contract extension he desires or trade him to another team and receive valuable compensation.

Will they cash in, or will their efforts be fruitless?

It seems that we will soon find out.

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To The Coach That Fueled My Passion

Thank you for everything.

Everyone always talks about the coach that killed their passion and made them lose their love for the game. I understand that some people aren't cut out for coaching and that their lack of the right skills may have ruined some promising sports careers, but for every awful coach that might tear you down, there is a coach that inspires you and works you into a better player.

SEE ALSO: "To The Coach That Killed My Passion"

This one is for all of them.

To the coach that fueled my passion for the game,

Thank you for having passion for what you do.

Every time you went the extra mile, it paid off. Your enthusiasm and love for the game set the tone for every practice. You were a role model to me and fueled my drive to be the best I could be and helped my love for the game grow stronger than ever.

Thank you for caring about me.

You took me under your wing and helped me improve my talent and grow as a person. You knew that winning games wasn't the only thing that mattered and always paid attention to the team's emotions. You were more than a coach, you were a friend.

Thank you for believing in me.

Coming into your season I might not have had the greatest form or a perfect teamwork mentality, but with every mistake I made you never once tore me down. You cheered me on and built me up. You not only corrected my mistakes but you also made sure to shoot me a smile when praise was due. You didn't let my results go unnoticed and you definitely made all the hard work worth it. Seeing you proud to be a coach made me happy to be on the team.

Thank you for teaching me.

When I made mistakes, you didn't yell or get mad, you gave me constructive criticism and helped me to become a better player. You focused on my strengths and helped me utilize them while also building up my weaknesses and making sure I learned something every practice. You turned me into an all-around great player.

Thank you for being hard on me.

You pushed me to my limits and believed that I could accomplish anything if I set my heart to it. You knew I always need a little extra help when it comes to breaking down the wall of 'I can't do it' and turning my average abilities into something unstoppable.

Thank you for going easy on me also.

You worked me hard, but also knew when to give me a break. Thank you for not expecting too much and for not pushing me to my breaking point. I never felt ashamed when I didn't succeed at something new the first time I attempted it or pressured to meet expectations that were much too high.

Thank you for letting me be a part of the family.

You understand that the sport only requires so much skill, and the rest is made up of heart. Without good team chemistry there's never 100% success. But you brought us all together and molded us into one big, happy family. You made the court feel like home.

And for all of this I can never thank you enough, but I hope you know now just how amazing you are at your job and how much you meant to me.

SEE ALSO: "An Open Letter To The Volleyball Player I Used To Be"


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The 14 Different Emotions You Experience After Finding Out OBJ Is Leaving The Giants For The Browns

"Dawgs gotta eat." Were the Giants not feeding him or something?


America was shocked with the recent news that Odell Beckam Jr. will be joining the Cleveland Browns for the 2019 football season. Now while Cleveland fans are crying with excitement, Giants fans may or may not be drowning in their own tears. Odell was the giants stable, he has his own fan base that was bigger than the teams itself. So now what are we left with? Eli and his rotten passes and Shurmur's bad calls. RIP Giants

But I guess when being a fan, you have to stay loyal. So we can have hope that Barkley plays like Le'Veon Bell, Eli will throw like Peyton, Shurmur will coach like Mcvay, and the new wide receiver will play like Odell.

1. "Odell got traded"

Yeah right!

2. "No I'm serious"

uh uh excuse me..?

3. "Hes playing for Cleveland now"

Uhm... excuse me



OR I WILL! I have $5

5. "Cleveland is going to get it" 

6. "It's okay, we'll be better than ever"

We don't need OBJ... we're the NY Giants!

7. "Who am I kidding"

Now we're only left with Eli

8. Cleveland Fans...

9. "It's gotta be fake news"

10. Male Cleveland Fans...

Gotta keep this as low-key as possible. But OBJ is the man.

11.  Female Cleveland Fans

OMG. Have you seen his hair!? He definetely conditions nightly. He so hot. Is he any good?

12. "I'm bout to make some one-hand-catch-throws"

"And you bet I'll have more touchdown passes than Eli"

13.  "Ok... Does this mean I have to start trying?"

Time to play big Eli

14. *Scratches head... "I'm blessed to have been with the Giants, but 'dawgs gotta eat'"

All hope now lies with Saquon Barkley

So Odell, as a Giants fan, I just want to know why? Why would you betray us like this? New York will always be your home. And NYG, why would you do this to the fans? First Victor Cruz and Now Odell, will Saquon be next?

But, with that being said, you can bet true Giants fans will not give up on you and will enjoy seeing more one-handed passes on your Browns Journey.

"I'm looking forward to the memories of right now." -OBJ

Go Giants!

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