A reported source close to Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel says Samuel could end his holdout early in training camp instead of during the season. According to the source, Samuel could better showcase his worth over a full season that he starts in shape and decrease the risk of injury that would come should he jump into action halfway through the season. This figures to be the best solution for both Samuel and Bears LB Lance Briggs, who should follow this same route. Both of these “want to be holdout” football players should suit up and play their year for the money they’re receiving in ’07 ($7.79 million for Samuel and $7.2 for Briggs.)
It’s not like they’re getting a “raw” deal here, in terms of cashing in! Then they can hit the market and look for the long-term deal they want from other teams. Samuel and Briggs’ teams both have shots at taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy this season. It would be a big shame for them to miss out on the year due to a bad decision holding out, especially if their respective teams continue on without them and win while they’re gone. It would be good to move on and forget the past incidents and represent their franchises’ on the field.
Nothing good comes out of a holdout, just ask S Todd Bell and DE Al Harris, who missed out on the best season of NFL history in 1985, during the Chicago Bears 15-1 run of dominance to a Super Bowl victory. They would miss a good season and playing time, come back way, out of “game” shape, and they would lose the money they both desire. To look back at Bell and Harris’ situations – they never recovered in their playing careers. They were not the same and they lost money and SB ring in ’85. Samuel and Briggs’ play would drop off considerably and their value in ’08 would fall even more then Niagara’s water.
Value for them would plummet rapidly and hit a low quick, they would not being helping themselves out – only hurting their chances on becoming a highly-paid athlete long-term (not that they already are paid much to begin with.) The right choice and professional way to go about business would be to play out the full year, maintaining a high standard of productivity, and earn a new deal from another team; for now they should just enjoy this NFL season with their team that is destined to go far into the playoffs.