On the 93.7 Fan Morning Show, former Steelers offensive lineman Trai Essex talked about gamers holding out or not absolutely taking part in camp drills as a consequence of contract disputes.
“Absolutely zero ill will. It’s a business and we understand that as players and especially with guys who, you know, work their tail off to get in shape and they’re doing what they think is best from a business perspective and us as players, we understand that,” Essex stated.
Essex was a rookie who Pittsburgh had simply drafted within the third spherical when Hines Ward held out of coaching camp in 2005. Ward’s holdout lasted 15 days and was on the heels of back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Once he reported to Latrobe and Saint Vincent College, Ward and the Steelers finally agreed on an extension, and later that 12 months he turned the main receiver in franchise historical past and gained the Super Bowl MVP award.
It’s not all that stunning that gamers don’t harbor any resentment towards their teammates for holding out to get essentially the most cash potential. While each scenario is completely different, ultimately, most NFL gamers need to maximize their profession earnings as a lot as potential. Having any type of hostility to gamers attempting to take action would solely trigger points within the locker room and actually wouldn’t make a ton of sense.
Even Ramon Foster, who spoke out throughout Le’Veon Bell’s holdout again in 2018, clarified that he wasn’t upset about Bell wanting extra money and that it was extra that he felt that 12 months was his finest probability to win a hoop. It simply doesn’t make sense for guys in the identical locker room to be upset about their teammates chasing as a lot cash as potential. In the case of Bell, that holdout lasted the entire season, which may trigger some animosity because it instantly impacts wins and losses. In coaching camp although, holdouts finally don’t imply a ton.
While Johnson may benefit from constructing early chemistry with Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett, two quarterbacks new to the roster, him not absolutely taking part in workforce drills actually isn’t that massive of a deal. If Johnson performs within the common season, which he seemingly will new contract or not, he’ll be an influence participant for the Steelers. Missing a while throughout coaching camp gained’t change that.
As Essex stated, on the finish of the day, the NFL is a enterprise on the participant aspect and the workforce aspect. Both sides need to get us a lot as they’ll, and within the case of a participant, they need to get essentially the most cash potential. No one ought to fault Johnson for his hold-in, and as Essex stated, it’s extraordinarily unlikely anybody on the workforce does.