The New Ryan Mathews: All Business

July 26, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Maybe Nick Saban was just defending his own.
Or maybe he was hitting the tip of an iceberg. Some massive force that, contrary to its comparative object, is not slowly melting away.
In any case, the latest twist in San Diego’s offseason plotline is Ryan Mathews's recent statement to the San Diego Union Tribune, where he seems to be placing money above football. Or the forked tongue of his agent, Frank Bauer, has finally swayed the young standout.
Now, when it comes to seasoned NFL players, this is nothing new. Contract disputes and holdouts are a regular feature of the typical offseason. This even happens with some of the high first round draft picks (see Michael Crabtree in 2009).
The usual case, though, is that rookies enter the NFL with an innocent eagerness to get out on the field and make a name for themselves. Consequently, more often than not, they willingly accept the deals put together for them. The landscape is changing a bit now considering the massi...

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