Holdouts in the NFL are largely considered a thing of the past.
The collective bargaining agreement inked between the league and the NFL Players Association in 2011 instituted a rookie wage scale that, in part, has helped prevent contractual holdups for incoming rookies. Veterans, meanwhile, have often had their own money concerns handled thanks to the complex long-term deals of today’s salary-cap era.
That doesn’t mean, however, everyone is always happy. (Even if they show it on the outside, like Kirk Cousins).
Holdouts, as rare as they might be, still steal headlines. They did as recently as last summer, when a city that no longer calls the Chargers its own wasn’t looking too homey to the team’s first-round draft pick. And they could once again if the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ Le’Veon Bell extends his minicamp absence into training camp to protest a lack of a big-money extension.