With the NBA season over, football season is just around the corner. I can't wait to wake up every Sunday morning to watch games or having to do my makeup while watching the Thursday night game before I go out for the night. I can't wait to watch the Dallas Cowboys dominate NFC East (just kidding, but I can hope). But of course, the NFL season isn't going to go off without a hitch. A few star NFL players are refusing to attend their teams' mini-camps, in hopes that they can score a bigger contract with the team.
One very famous player who is refusing to attend the Atlanta Falcons mandatory mini-camp is Julio Jones. Currently, Julio Jones is the 8th highest paid wide receiver in the NFL, only $3 million behind Steelers' wide receiver Antonio Brown. In 2015, Julio Jones signed a 5 year contract worth $71,256,045. Even with a huge contract like that, Jones is still attempting to get a bigger contract. The Atlanta Falcons have publicly talked about the contract dispute, deeming it a very common action that is not going to be a serious problem. Despite deleting all team content from his social media pages, Jones insists that there are no problems between the Falcons and himself – "I love the team. I love the organization. I love everybody. I'm good".
David Johnson, the running back for the Arizona Cardinals (#represent), is another standout player that will not be attending his team's mini-camp. He already signed a 4 year contract in 2015 that is worth $2,092,000. Again, he is not attending mini-camp in hopes that he will gain a bigger contract. Johnson certainly deserves a bigger contract for his outstanding performance on the team. He was voted first team All Pro in 2016, and rushed for a crazy 1239 yards.
With all of these players missing their teams' mandatory mini-camps to try to get a bigger contract, one must question if it's worth it. Is it worth having to pay an approximate $28,145 for missing three days of mini-camp, all in hopes for a bigger contract? Of course it would be worth it, if the player got the contract they want. The fines they would have to pay wouldn't even make a dent in their new, bigger contracts. But if the players don't get the new contract they are hoping for, then the fines are definitely going to negatively affect the players.
All in all, hopefully the players who deserve bigger contracts get what they are hoping for.