This thread is inspired by the current semi-drama of Deion Branch holding out and not reporting to the Patriots’ training camp.
Now, to me, this seems like a hugely losing proposition. Yes, Richard Seymour got away with it last year, but isn’t it a hell of a gamble? As in, the Patriots decide they don’t want to go through this blackmail every year, and so stand Pat? Now Deion is losing $14,000 a day, and could end up impairing his value in free agency – if he won’t have played for a year – to the tune of millions of dollars. Why not play, have a bang-up season, and cash in? The only downside to playing is the chance of injury, of course.
So no, if I were Branch, I wouldn’t hold out. Anyone else?