Read here for more info on Ryan Grant’s holdout from practice. The article’s author is dead wrong when he claims that “it isn’t exactly a contract holdout”. Actually, that is exactly what it is: a holdout. It’s funny that by showing up and telling us he wants to participate in practice, we all seem to be willing to sort of give him a pass – “ooohh, he’s not holding out, didn’t ya see he’s at the camp anyway, what a great guy! – hey by da way, did you have flooding issues? I did. tree cases of Pabst gone and even my Usingers had to be pitched – contaminated by sewage back-up. Ya, dat sucked”. But the fact is, Grant is holding out. In fact, here is a definition of holdout:
a refusal to agree or compromise in order to obtain better terms in any kind of settlement.
He’s holding out.
I recognize that I have no idea what the Packers are offering and I suppose it’s possible it is the Packers who are grossly undervaluing Grant and this is causing the holdout. But my suspicion is that this is more Grant’s side going after a long-term, guaranteed deal of some kind. My inclination is to feel that Grant’s side should have gotten this taken care of already and he should be practicing under a new contract.
It’s interesting, one thing that has become quite popular over the last few years in particular is this “my agent handles the business side of things” attitude. These players refer to their contract situations as though they are not involved whatsoever. Maybe this is actually true for some of them, but if it is, I think that’s really stupid. If the topic of conversation were my salary, I would definitely want to be part of that – maybe I would have an agent represent me to guide me somewhat, but I wouldn’t be so completely removed from the situation as many pro athletes act like they are. (I do recognize that some may just act like they are uninvolved to spare their public image…but…) Anyway, if Grant is so serious about being on the team and not missing practice time, it would seem to me that he could put his foot down, get more engaged in the process himself and tell both parties he wants something worked out by a certain time (for example, prior to the beginning of this mini-camp).
Now, I know there are those of you out there who will contend that I know nothing about pro athlete contract negotiations and the truth is, you’re right, in fact, I haven’t even seen Jerry McGuire! (supporting Tom Cruise in any way is just not an option for me). But I still think that if a player wants to play badly enough, there are ways to work things out in a more timely fashion and the player likely has far more control over this than these players publicly let on.
Even though I just devoted a whole post to this, I’m actually not that fired up about it. I think it will probably get done relatively soon. If it doesn’t get done I’d say in 3-4 weeks though, I will be fired up about it and my opinion of Grant will suffer.