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NFL holdout tracker: Who isn’t attending offseason practices? originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The NFL offseason is in full swing, but football isn’t as far away as you think.
As summer gets underway, teams are going through voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) and mandatory minicamp. After these few weeks of practice, players will have over a month off before training camp kicks off in late July.
While these June practices give some players an opportunity to stand out on the field, others take them as a chance to stand out off the field. Players sometimes skip mandatory summer practices, whether that’s to send a message about wanting a new contract or trade.
Here’s a look at all the NFL players who are holding out of mandatory activities:
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DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
The 24-year-old star receiver was present for OTAs before missing mandatory minicamp from June 7 to 9. Metcalf is eligible for a contract extension on his rookie deal and is still recovering from foot surgery.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Metcalf’s absence is unexcused as he continues his foot rehab in Los Angeles, meaning he can be fined more than $93,000 if he skips all three days of minicamp. With several massive wide receiver contracts handed out this offseason, Metcalf is looking to join the party.
Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders
After attending workouts earlier in the offseason, McLaurin will not report to mandatory minicamp, which begins on June 14 for the Commanders. The wideout is seeking a contract extension, as he’s eligible to hit free agency after the 2022 season.
The 26-year-old McLaurin has exceeded all expectations since being drafted in the third round in 2019. He will be subjected to fines by missing mandatory minicamp, but he cannot be punished for skipping OTAs over the past few weeks.
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys
After a breakout 2021 season, the Cowboys franchise tagged Schultz in March when the sides couldn’t agree to a long-term deal. The 25-year-old tight end signed his $10.931 million franchise tender, so he is locked in for the 2022 season.
So, what’s the problem? Well, Schultz still wants a long-term commitment. He attended the first few days of OTAs before leaving on Monday because he is “frustrated with the stalled state of long-term contract negotiations,” according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Schultz skipped the rest of OTAs before returning for mandatory minicamp on June 14.
Jessie Bates, Cincinnati Bengals
Fresh off a Super Bowl appearance, Bates is seeking a new contract rather than playing on the franchise tag. He skipped OTAs and won’t attend minicamp, insisting that he won’t play on the $12.911 million franchise tender.
Bates, who was Second-Team All-Pro in 2020, was instrumental in the Bengals’ run through the AFC playoffs last season. Quarterback Joe Burrow said after the first day of minicamp, “You can put a price on what he does on the field, but not on what he does in the locker room.”
Robert Quinn, Chicago Bears
The Bears’ star pass rusher is expected to miss mandatory minicamp beginning on June 14, according to Rapoport. He reportedly is away from the team training on his own after totaling a career-high 18.5 sacks in 2021.
Quinn, 32, has been the subject of trade rumors since the Bears dealt Khalil Mack to the Chargers earlier this offseason. Quinn, who was Second-Team All-Pro last season, has three years and $39.9 million remaining on the five-year contract he signed with Chicago before the 2020 season.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
When the Browns traded for Deshaun Watson, their relationship with Mayfield was destroyed. The former No. 1 overall pick wants to be traded, and the team wants to trade him, but they’ve been unable to find a partner so far.
Even with a potential Watson suspension looming, there is no sign that Mayfield might play for the Browns in 2022. Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski announced that Mayfield will be excused from minicamp next week (June 14-16).
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers
One of the most versatile weapons in the league, Samuel shockingly requested a trade from the 49ers this offseason. The team has repeatedly said it won’t deal the 26-year-old star, as he also seeks a contract extension.
Samuel skipped OTAs before attending mandatory minicamp, saving himself some money. He didn’t participate in practice but he did some work on the side, according to reporters in attendance. Samuel still hasn’t spoken to the media since requesting a trade, so we’ll have to wait for updates to this story.
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Murray has been hot and cold all offseason. It started with the 24-year-old quarterback wiping all Cardinals content from his social media. Then his agent released a lengthy statement about his contract negotiations before the franchise signed its head coach and GM to extensions.
Fast forward to today, and we still have more questions than answers. Murray attended some OTA practices while skipping others before attending minicamp. But after reports that he wouldn’t play for the Cardinals again without an extension, you have to wonder what comes next. Arizona is set to hold mandatory minicamp from June 14-16.
Rodney Hudson, Arizona Cardinals
Murray’s center was not on the field for the first day of Cardinals minicamp. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed that his absence was unexcused and that the team is “working through some things” with Hudson. The three-time Pro Bowl center has two years and $20.1 million left on his contract.
Orlando Brown Jr., Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs’ starting left tackle wants a long-term deal after he was franchise-tagged in March. Brown didn’t attend the first day of mandatory minicamp but he still hasn’t signed his $16.662 million franchise tender, which means he is not required to attend minicamp.