Tyson Alualu, Jacksonville Jaguars: Whose Holdout? No Contract Offer Yet

July 30, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When Tyson Alualu doesn't sign a contract by the start of the Jacksonville Jaguars' training camp today, most casual observers will chalk it up to greed, the stereotypical motive for holdouts. And it's likely that they're completely wrong.
According to TFY Draft Insider on Twitter, the Jaguars haven't yet offered Alualu a contract to sign.
Over the past few years, of course, first-rounders' contract negotiations have evolved into little more than a protracted process of hemming and hawing over a 10-percent raise. The agent takes his client's draft spot, looks at the rookie deal struck there last year, and tries to stretch it like a rubber band to make a name for himself.
In this case, unfortunately, Jacksonville and Alualu are working within the framework of the San Francisco 49ers' Michael Crabtree and his five-month holdout contract.
It's true, too, that most first-rounders negotiate in lockstep—especially the top ten.
With Sam Bradford, the firs...

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