NFL Commissioner was back on his camp tour today, and made a stop in Berea, OH at Cleveland Browns camp. One of the big issues on the table was camp holdouts, and everyone knows that in Cleveland, the big story recently was the long holdout of soon-to-be franchise quarterback Brady Quinn. The Notre Dame QB came to Cleveland after slipping to number 22 in the first round, and the Browns moved back up in the round to get Quinn, but in the process the Browns gave up their number one pick next year to Dallas. And they after waiting for a long holdout, some already are grumbling that the Browns season is going to be a very long one while they wait for Quinn to catch up.
‘It’s one of the issues we’ve talked with the union about in negotiations, and I think it’ll be clearly one of the issues we talk about when we sit down and talk about making changes that we would make to the system,” Goodell said Thursday during the NFL commissioner’s visit to the Browns’ training camp. ”What can be done to either eliminate or certainly limit the possibility of players holding out during training camp, particularly rookies?”
The other big high profile holdout is still going on, as the Oakland Raiders are still waiting for the first pick in the draft – JaMarcus Russell to finally start letting his demands loose so they can get him in camp. So far, they seem to be worlds apart, and the sides have not spoken for close to two weeks. The big part of the deal is guaranteed money, where Russell is demanding about $31 mil guaraenteed.
Another issue is how much money the rookies are getting paid. You have solid, big name vets being paid less than rooikes who have never played a down in the league. Just another issue for Goodell to deal with. ”It’s difficult when a rookie comes into a locker room and has (a large) signing bonus,” he told the Detroit media. ”It’s difficult (for) the veterans to provide that kind of leadership that’s so important on teams. Money changes that dynamic a little bit. ‘We’ll talk to Gene (Upshaw). We’re not trying to save the dollars; we just think the dollars should go to players who have earned that on the field through their accomplishments and leadership. It’s a system we have, and we’ll do the best we can with it right now.”