Many teams in the NFL, most that don’t have PSL’s, are embroiled in nasty contract disputes with players. The bad economy and impending lockout have made teams skittish about dishing out huge contracts right now. Here is another example –
“The San Diego Chargers sent letters to receiver Vincent Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill informing them their 2010 salaries will be drastically cut if they don’t sign their tenders before June 15,” wrote Kevin Acee in the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Alvin Keels and Neil Schwartz, agents for McNeill and Jackson declined comment. However, sources said agents for both players recently informed the Chargers that if the letters were sent the team would not see Jackson or McNeill for ‘some time.’ What “some time” means is up for interpretation, but sources familiar with the thinking of McNeill and Jackson said the players are prepared to sit out into the season and even through 2010. Jackson will have his salary reduced from $3.268 million to $583,000 if he does not sign in the next week. McNeill’s salary would go from $3.168 million to $600,000.”
This is a league wide issue, not just one in Florham Park.