NFL Holdouts

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I think it's good players are holding out. Ezekiel Elliot is an elite RB and he should get paid justly.

I think Bell made the right choice to not play with the Steelers (great strength team, but wavering tactics)

I was upset Thomas chose to play after his holdout. Seahawks are heartless

More players should hold out
 
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Nobody is a slave. If you play at a higher level than your contracts worth then theres no reason to subdue yourself for lesser value
 
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Yeah exactly, nobody is a slave. You choose to sign that contract, and when you do (since it was your own choice) you must honor it until it expires.

If you are truly worth more, then your new contract would reflect that
 
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Good to see Elliot prepared to miss regular season games. He's earned so little money for his great contribution. I really hopes he refuses to play and makes the Cowboys suffer
 
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Playing in the NFL is a job. You acknowledge its dangers, compensated for it via millions of dollars and some of the best treatments science can get, but its still a job. A team has the right to fire/suspend for violating the contract that they signed. Don't feel bad for these superstars who argue they aren't paid enough, although paid millions of dollars, because they signed the contract and they're being paid to play a game that they love. No sympathy here.
 
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After thinking about this - isn't an NFL team merely deducting payments from a player's salary when they holdout? Ie players aren't actually "fined", they're simply not paid.

If this is true no player should honor their contract if they don't want to play. They have no obligation to play, they're just exercising opportunity

Eli was drafted by the Chargers even though his dad was deadset on him playing in New York. Eli refused to play for San Diego and he went on to win 2 Super Bowls. Clearly a great decision that shows that the NFL doesn't have power over players
 
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Eli was drafted by the Chargers even though his dad was deadset on him playing in New York. Eli refused to play for San Diego and he went on to win 2 Super Bowls. Clearly a great decision that shows that the NFL doesn't have power over players
Getting drafted is different than signing a contract. You have no obligation to the team. But, unless they trade you, you lose a year until you re-enter the draft. Most teams trade to at least get something for their pick. Also happened with John Elway, who threatened Baltimore that he would sign with the Yankees if they drafted him. They did draft him, but immediately dealt him to Denver. Bo Jackson warned the Bucs not to draft him, and did go play for the Royals instead. And of course Eli.

The players have some control, but its always going to hit them hard in the wallet to exert their will.
 
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