May 7, 2022; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker David Ojabo (90) looks on during rookie minicamp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens OLB David Ojabo holding out over guarantees

Second-round pick David Ojabo remains the final unsigned player in the 2022 NFL Draft class, and terms of the third year of a contract proposal from the Baltimore Ravens have inspired a holdout.

Rare in recent years because of a collectively bargained salary slot system for all draft picks, holdouts are generally sparked by offset language or the percentage of a contract guaranteed by the team.

Ojabo is slotted for a contract in the range of $7.9 million over four years as the No. 45 pick in the 2022 draft. He played in college at Michigan.

The guarantee in the third year of Ojabo’s deal reportedly caused the delta between the two sides in negotiations.

However, Ojabo could miss most or all of the 2022 season with a ruptured Achilles. He was injured during his pre-draft Pro Day workout in Ann Arbor.

General manager Eric DeCosta said in May that he Ojabo returned from a torn Achilles to return to running in 3 1/2 months. More relevant, DeCosta recalled edge rusher Terrell Suggs returning from a partially torn Achilles in April 2012 while playing basketball only to suit up for the Ravens the following October.

Ojabo did not report with the Ravens on Tuesday for the start of training camp.

Considered a first-round talent prior to his injury, Ojabo had 11 sacks and a program-record five forced fumbles in 14 games for the Wolverines in 2021.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Chicago Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith (58) tackles Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) during a game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bears LB Roquan Smith won’t report to camp

Inside linebacker Roquan Smith will not report to Chicago Bears training camp Tuesday as he looks for a contract extension from the team, NFL Network reported Monday.

Smith is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract. No offer to date for Smith has brought him close to a new deal, the report said.

The eighth overall selection of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Georgia, Smith has amassed 524 tackles, 14 sacks and five interceptions over his first four NFL seasons (61 games).

Smith started all 33 games of the past two regular seasons for Chicago and earned second-team All-Pro honors both years. He posted a career-high 163 tackles in 2021, which ranked fifth in the league.

–Field Level Media

Feb 6, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Cornerback Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins (25) is reflected on the visor of NFC wide receiver Deebo Samuel of the San Francisco 49ers (19) as Samuel is tackled by AFC free safety Kevin Byard of the Tennessee Titans (31) during the Pro Bowl football game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Deebo Samuel, other WR holdouts expected

Deebo Samuel plans to skip workouts with the 49ers and appears determined to stay away until San Francisco addresses his contract, according to multiple reports.

As voluntary workouts began Monday for 21 of the NFL’s 32 teams, ESPN and NFL Network reported that several wide receivers are instead entering holdout mode.

Samuel, Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown and Washington Commanders No. 1 target Terry McLaurin all are planning to be away from their teams during the offseason, ESPN reported.

All three players are in line for a raise entering the final year of their four-year contracts, outperforming their draft status to become lead receivers. Samuel and Brown were second-round picks in 2019; McLaurin was a third-round selection.

Samuel, per the NFL’s draft slot pay structure, signed a four-year deal worth $7,247,476 in 2019.

A versatile piece of the 49ers’ offense, Samuel also lines up at running back and in the slot. He posted 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns in 2021.

Samuel could command a deal worth $20 million to $25 million per season, which is in line with the direction of the market for No. 1 receivers. Tyreek Hill (Miami Dolphins) and Davante Adams (Las Vegas Raiders) were traded and netted new contracts to reach the plateau previously hit only by DeAndre Hopkins with the Arizona Cardinals.

Hill exceeded Adams’ deal with the Raiders, signing a contract worth $30 million per season on average.

Adams edged Watkins with a contract averaging $28 million per year, but his total guaranteed money is only $22.8 million as compared to $52.5 million for Hill.

Brown could also push to make $20-plus million per season, the average of Chris Godwin’s new deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Amari Cooper’s contract value with the Cleveland Browns.

–Field Level Media

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray warms up before an NFC wild-card game in January.

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Reports: Kyler Murray’s agent rescinds contract proposal

Quarterback Kyler Murray’s quest for a new contract with the Arizona Cardinals has taken a turn, with NFL Network reporting Thursday that agent Erik Burkhardt has revoked his opening proposal.

The Cardinals have yet to make Murray an offer.

Thursday’s report speculated that it would be a “surprise” if Murray played next season under his current deal, which calls for him to be paid $5.5 million in 2022.

Sports Illustrated added that Murray’s camp sees the draft — which begins two weeks from Thursday — as a deadline for a new deal.

Drama began to boil over in February when Murray scrubbed all references to the team from his social media. He later spoke out in order to call reports of a fracturing relationship “nonsense” and said he only wanted to win championships.

But two weeks later, Burkhardt published an all-caps open letter to the Cardinals that clocked in longer than 1,000 words, detailing that Murray deserved a long-term contract after three NFL seasons.

According to Burkhardt, the offer he made “provides financial protection, is in line with the current QB market that compares his results alongside relevant comps, lowers his 2022-23 salary cap number to allow the Cardinals to re-sign other deserving teammates and add additional free agents and, most importantly, represents a real commitment from the organization to see if their ultimate goals align.”

That offer, though, is reportedly off the table. This offseason, four more quarterbacks — Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Deshaun Watson and Derek Carr — signed extensions or new deals worth more than $40 million per year. Kirk Cousins, extended in Minnesota, is scheduled to average $35 million.

Murray is scheduled to make about $5.5 million in 2022, the fourth year of his rookie contract.

In 46 starts over three seasons, Murray has thrown for 11,480 yards, 70 touchdowns and 34 interceptions while completing 66.9 percent of his passes. He has added 1,786 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground, won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019 and was named to the last two Pro Bowls.

In his playoff debut the past season against the eventual champion Los Angeles Rams, Murray went 19-for-34 for 137 passing yards and two interceptions in a 34-11 loss. ESPN later reported that the Cardinals wanted Murray to improve as a leader, with anonymous sources describing him as self-centered and a finger-pointer.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks strong safety Jamal Adams (33) talks with New York Jets players and staff following a 40-3 Seattle victory at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks’ Jamal Adams will not participate in camp

Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams will not participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp this week, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.

Adams, 25, reportedly is seeking a contract extension as he enters the final year of his rookie contract and is dealing with a personal matter.

ESPN reported the Seahawks were “aware of the personal/family matter.”

The Seahawks acquired Adams in a trade on July 25, 2020 that sent safety Bradley McDougald, a 2021 first-round, a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 first-round selection to the New York Jets. The Seahawks also received a 2022 fourth-round pick in the trade.

Adams battled injuries in 2020 en route to securing his third straight Pro Bowl selection. He recorded 83 tackles, a career-high 9.5 sacks and one fumble recovery in 12 games with the Seahawks.

A first-team All-Pro in 2019, Adams has collected 356 tackles, 21.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions in 58 career games with the Jets and Seahawks.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and quarterback Jordan Love (10) are shown Monday, August 17, 2020, during training camp in Green Bay, Wis.

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Aaron Rodgers a no-show at Packers minicamp

Those holding out hope for a resolution to the Aaron Rodgers standoff with the Green Bay Packers are out of luck.

Rodgers is not present at the team’s mandatory minicamp, which began Tuesday morning with team meetings.

The 38-year-old quarterback is entangled in a tense holdout he said is tied to the team’s management of the roster and communication with the front office.

Rodgers has told members of the organization he wants a trade and will not play in Green Bay again.

But team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst insist there’s no trade coming for the reigning NFL MVP, despite inquiries from multiple teams, including the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos.

With Rodgers staying away — he’s been training in California and recently vacationed in Hawaii — the Packers are using 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love at quarterback with the first-team offense.

If he sticks to his holdout stance or retires, Rodgers has a base salary of $14.7 million in 2021 he’d forfeit. He could also be forced to pay back previously earned bonuses.

Because the minicamp is mandatory, Rodgers is subject to daily fines for each absence this week.

–Field Level Media

Steelers' Antonio Brown seeking new deal

After a statement 2014 season, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown appears ready for a pay raise.
According to FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo, Brown will not partake in the team’s optional offseason workouts and could hold out of mandatory camps in effort to obtain a new contract.
The former sixth round draft choice from Central Michigan garnered All-Pro honors this past season after accumulating 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns on 129 receptions, combined with a 10.6-yard average and one touchdown on punt returns.
The issue from an organizational perspective?
In 2012, Brown signed a six-year, $43.04 million deal. He’s slated to earn $6 million next season, with the tally rising to $8.25 million in 2016 and $8.71 in 2017.
While the player’s case is strong, the report begs the question: Does he deserve to be further compensated with half the life of his current agreement still in place?
The player’s stance?
Since signing his second NFL contract, it’s difficult to argue many (if any) receivers have been as effective as Antonio Brown. Over the three-year duration of his current deal, he has amassed 3,984 yards and 26 touchdowns on 305 receptions — production well above his pay grade.
As a baseline, the Green Bay Packers retained receiver Randall Cobb at four-years, $40 million ($10 million average) during this offseason. While Cobb’s numbers stand immense, they still pale in comparison to those of Brown (who currently average $7.2 million a year).
Conversely, the Steelers front office could lean on the fact that it rewarded Brown handsomely after just two seasons as a pro, before the significant production increase.
And, of course, the organization can also hold him to his contract.
Regardless of your stance as a viewer at home, the situation has rapid potential to become one of the primary storylines to follow with mandatory camps just over the horizon.
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Solutions to Marshawn Lynch's holdout

<p> The end of running back <a href="" target="_self">Marshawn Lynch’s holdout</a> doesn’t appear to be anywhere in sight with both sides firmly entrenched in their respective positions. The Seattle Seahawks expect Lynch to play under the four-year, $30 million contract (with $17 million in guarantees and additional $1 million in incentives) he signed in 2012 while Lynch would like his contract redone.</p> <p> Lynch is subject to a fine of $30,000 for each day of training camp he misses during his holdout. Since Lynch’s holdout reached six days on Tuesday, the Seahawks can also recoup $225,000 of his $6 million signing bonus. 15 percent of the $1.5 million prorated amount of Lynch’s signing bonus became recoverable on the sixth day of his holdout. Another one percent ($15,000) can be recouped for each additional missed day with a maximum of 25 percent of the prorated amount ($375,000) forfeitable during training camp. An additional 25 percent can be recovered if Lynch misses Seattle’s first regular season game. After four missed weeks of the regular season, the Seahawks can recover 1/17th of the prorated amount ($88,235) for each additional week of Lynch’s absence. The most that can be recouped from Lynch’s signing bonus during 2014 is $1.5 million, the entire prorated amount of his signing bonus. Teams will typically reduce or waive the penalties accumulated as a gesture of goodwill once a player ends his holdout.</p> <p> Contrary to reports, Lynch isn’t subject to a fine of one week’s base salary (1/17 of $5 million) for each pre-season game missed, which would be $294,117 per game. This fine is applied to players who signed contracts as unrestricted free agents. Lynch signed his current deal about a week before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.</p> <p> The Seahawks are content to follow their “Next Man Up” philosophy with 2013 second-round pick Christine Michael and 2012 fourth-round pick Robert Turbin serving as the primary ball carriers during Lynch’s absence. Michael and Turbin are the main components of Seattle’s succession plan at running back. The team was already planning on reducing Lynch’s workload before the holdout. The 28-year-old has a league-leading 901 rushing attempts over the last three seasons as the centerpiece of Seattle’s run-oriented offense. There has been speculation that the Seahawks could release Lynch in 2015.</p> <p> Lynch is adequately compensated by most standards. Although Lynch is currently the NFL’s sixth-highest paid running back by average salary at $7.5 million per year, he ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards (2,847), first in rushing touchdowns (23) and tied for fourth in yards from scrimmage (3,359 yards) since signing his deal. Lynch has the fifth-best cash flow in the first three years of running back deals ($22.5 million). He’s also fifth in compensation for running backs over the last two years with $17 million, ranking behind only Ray Rice ($25 million), Arian Foster ($23.5 million), Adrian Peterson ($19.75 million) and Chris Johnson ($18 million).</p> <p class="co_image co_image_right inline_right"> <img alt="Marshawn Lynch" src="" />Should Lynch honor his current contract or does he deserve a raise?</p> <p> Lynch is in a different financial situation than Jamaal Charles, <a href="" target="_self">who received an additional</a> $5.1 million over the remaining two years of his deal as a part of a two-year, $18.1 million contract extension signed on August 23. Charles was dramatically underpaid. The $18.57 million Charles made from 2010 to 2013 was $1.57 million less than Lynch earned over the last two years.</p> <p> The Seahawks don’t have any plans to deviate from their position but might be able to quickly end the stalemate by extending an olive branch to Lynch where they attempted to rework his deal within its existing framework. Interestingly, fans are almost evenly split on Lynch’s holdout according to an poll. 51.2 percent are in favor of reworking his contract while 48.8 percent think Lynch should honor his deal.</p> <p> Lynch is scheduled to make $5.5 million this year with a $5 million base salary and $500,000 as a per game 46-man active roster bonus ($31,250 per game). His 2015 salary is $7.5 million consisting of a $5.5 million base salary and $2 million as a per game 46-man active roster bonus ($125,000 per game). Lynch also has a $500,000 incentive in each of these years for 1,500 or more rushing yards.</p> <p> One easy cosmetic change would be to convert Lynch’s $500,000 roster bonus into base salary to ensure that he earned the money. The per game amount is only payable if Lynch is on the 46-man active roster for that particular game. For example, if Lynch suffered a season-ending injury during Seattle’s fourth game of the season, he would only earn $125,000 of his $500,000 roster bonus. Percy Harvin, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas <a href="" target="_self">don’t have per game roster bonuses</a> in their contracts. Per game roster bonuses were a rarity in Seattle contracts when Lynch signed in 2012, but have started becoming more prevalent in their deals. Michael Bennett has $1 million and $1.5 million of per game roster bonuses in the last two years of the four-year contract he signed this off-season.</p> <p> The Seahawks could convert this year’s $500,000 rushing yards incentive into 2014 base salary, if not the entire $1 million in incentives for both years. The conversion would use $1 million of Seattle’s $7.55 million of existing salary cap room (includes Lynch’s $5 million base salary in calculations which isn’t counting while he is holding out). If the Seahawks wanted to spread out the cap hit over two years, the $1 million could be a signing bonus instead. The Seahawks are in good shape cap wise in 2015, with $116.922 million of cap commitments (top 51 players).</p> <p> Another possibility would be to also fully guarantee a small portion (no more than $1 million) of Lynch’s $5.5 million 2015 base salary. As an alternative, the amount guaranteed could be tied to Lynch’s 2014 performance. Seattle would insist on any 2015 guarantees containing an offset so Lynch couldn’t “double dip” (get paid Seattle’s guarantee and the entire amount of his contract with another team) if he’s released next year. Additionally, Seattle could convert Lynch’s $2 million per game roster bonus in 2015 or $2 million of 2015 base salary into a first day of the 2015 league year roster bonus. If Lynch wasn’t a part of Seattle’s plans next year, he would hit the free agent market while teams had all of their cap room available to sign players.</p> <p> Another impediment to reworking Lynch’s deal is that NFL teams are reluctant to establish contractual precedents, especially a precedent of giving into a player’s demands for a new contract through a holdout. Although teams should be able to easily make distinctions based on each player’s particular circumstances, they don’t want to send a signal to the other team members that they could get rewarded by holding the team hostage. Seattle doesn’t want to give Sherman or Thomas ammunition to approach them about renegotiating their deals in a couple of years because of how they handled Lynch’s situation.&l
t;/p> <p> Seattle did make some changes to Brandon Browner’s contract last year to give him the opportunity to earn an additional $250,008 in the final year of the three-year deal he signed in 2011. Browner received a $125,000 signing bonus and $125,008 as a per game 53-man roster bonus ($7,813 per game). Browner’s situation can be differentiated because he was only making minimum salary in his deal and a portion of the salary increase may have been a reimbursement for him accepting a four-game performance enhancing drugs suspension without pay at the end of the 2012 regular season instead of appealing so he would be available during the playoffs.</p> <p> Outside of a serious injury at running back or extremely poor performance of the rushing attack during pre-season games, it’s hard to envision anything else that could shift leverage before the start of the regular season. Unless Seattle eventually softens its stance, Lynch’s holdout will likely end the same way Maurice Jones-Drew’s did with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012. Jones-Drew returned to the Jaguars at the end of the pre-season without getting his contract adjusted.</p> <p> <strong>Follow Joel on Twitter:</strong> @<a href="" target="_blank">corryjoel</a></p> <p> <em><strong>Joel Corry is a former sports agent who helped found Premier Sports & Entertainment, a sports management firm that represents professional athletes and coaches. Prior to his tenure at Premier, Joel worked for Management Plus Enterprises, which represented Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ronnie Lott. You can email Joel at </strong></em></p>