We saw how this played out for players last season with player like Logan Mankins, Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill all holding out for a portion of the 2010 season. If the league chooses to impose the same rules that they used for the 2010 season, we’re going to see a number of players choose to do the same as the before mentioned players did last year.
One player in particular would be Minnesota Vikings DE Ray Edwards who offered some pointed comments about being a restricted free agent.
“They put a first-round tender on me, but even if that holds up, there’s no way I will play for less than what my backup got in his new contract. There’s no way I would play here,” Edwards told Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Edwards doesn’t appear to leave much room for negotiating but I can understand his frustration. This is another issues that stems from the labor uncertainty and will end up being a huge topic if the rules continue to require that players have six years of NFL experience before they can qualify to become an unrestricted free agent.
The Atlanta Falcons are rumored to be targeting Edwards if he ends up being available but it seems like there’s a better chance that he’s sitting at home next season.