Extra Points: Holdouts, Developmental League, Prospects

Let’s check out some assorted notes from around the NFL as we wrap up the week…

  • NFL teams are often viewed as the “bad guy” in holdout situations, with fans usually siding with the players. However, as Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com writes, the player is actually breaking their initial agreement by pursuing a new contract, with the organizations holding the majority of the power. Fitzgerald outlines several ways NFL players could remedy this situation, including prioritizing guaranteed money over average annual value as well as pursuing shorter deals (thus allowing them to hit the open market sooner).
  • While the theory seems to have some general support, an NFL developmental league was not discussed during a recent league meeting. “It’s not something we’ve really talked much about as a group,” Giants owners Steve Tisch told Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. “I agree it sounds like a good idea, and something worth exploring. But it just isn’t a priority at this point.” Despite these other “priorities,” La Canfora is convinced that the topic will be “more of a front-burner issue” in 2016.
  • In his preview of next year’s prospective running back draftees, Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com declares that LSU’s Leonard Fournette “may have the best size-speed combo since Adrian Peterson.” Florida State’s Dalvin Cook and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey round out Kempski’s top-three.
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