5 NFL Stars Who Could Hold Out This Season
Every season various NFL stars show their displeasure with their contract situation and decide to holdout in an effort to get a new deal. Most of the time it's players entering a lame duck year and seeking an extension.
With plenty of candidates that fit this mold heading into the 2020 season, here are five players that could decide to holdout for a new contract come training camp this summer.
5. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara is one of the most-lethal offensive weapons in the NFL. A do-it-all running back in arguably the most creative offensive attack in the league, Kamara is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Drew Brees has officially signed on for one more season, but it's hard to see him coming back for even one more season after that. New Orleans will need a star to carry the load into a new generation if it wants to avoid a full rebuild, something Sean Payton likely isn't excited about going through. If New Orleans fails to give Kamara the financial assurance he finds necessary prior to the season, you might see the star back sitting out until he gets what he feels he's worth.
4. Darius Slay, CB, Detroit Lions
After a down year in 2019, many still consider Darius Slay one of the league's top corners. The Lions don't have many players to write home about beyond Slay, especially with Matthew Stafford battling injuries. Slay's time to strike gold is now, and if the Lions aren't willing to be the ones to help him cash in, then don't be surprised if Slay doesn't report to camp any time soon.
3. Joey Bosa, DE, Los Angeles Chargers
Despite some injury concerns throughout his career, Joey Bosa remains one of the NFL's best pass-rushers. The Chargers' top priority this offseason will be finding a new quarterback, whether that's through the draft, free agency or a trade. However, they shouldn't completely ignore Bosa's interests. There are already rumors out there that Bosa would consider a move to San Francisco to team up with his younger brother Nick Bosa after next season, and if Los Angeles wants to prevent that, they will most likely have to address Bosa's contract this offseason.
2. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars are a team in flux. They seemingly wasted $20 million a year on Nick Foles last season, a quarterback that lost the starting job to rookie sensation Gardner Minshew, even after he returned from injury. With running backs being so devalued in the NFL these days, it wouldn't be shocking for the Jaguars to try and undercut Leonard Fournette when it comes to contract talks. Of course, I can't imagine Fournette sees things the same way. This could lead to a long and messy holdout that ultimately lands Fournette in another uniform if things aren't resolved quickly and clearly.
1. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
It's only February and we're already hearing rumblings that Dalvin Cook is prepared to hold out if he's not given a new deal. The issue here is that the Vikings have one of the worst salary cap situations in the NFL right now. With virtually no cap space and a number of key players on defense becoming free agents, Minnesota will have some tough decisions to make. And even though Cook was a workhorse back for the Vikings in 2019, he could end up being the odd man out based on available cap space alone.
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