Posted by Josh Katzowitz
During the first two days of free agency, we haven’t heard too much about players threatening to hold out from training camp. Mostly, it’s been about high-priced veterans getting cut or teams overpaying for players who aren’t what they once were.
But that annual rite of training camp is about to begin, and, as the Sacramento Bee and the Philadelphia Sports Daily writes, that first two players who have made the probable decisions to hold out are 49ers RB Frank Gore and Eagles WR DeSean Jackson.
Gore is entering the final year of his contract, in which he’ll make a $2.9 million base salary with a $2 million roster bonus. But now that he’s 28, this might be the last chance he has to make a huge payday before teams consider him too old to be an effective starting RB.
It should also be noted that instead of participating in player-led offseason workouts that QB Alex Smith organized during the lockout, Gore remained in Miami to continue rehabbing his broken hip that ended his season last year.
For Jackson, the frustration has been evident since the beginning of training camp last year. He'll enter the final year of his rookie contract set to make $565,000, and QB Michael Vick intimated Tuesday that Jackson might not be at training camp, saying, "DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make."
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