It’s mid-June, and still no collective bargaining agreement. NFL officials and owners say, “Progress has been made” but always end it with a “There’s still work to do.” I don’t know what to make of the comments, does that mean that their actually getting somewhere with the labor talks, or are they just toying with us. What I do know is that everyone is affected by this players, coaches, owners, fans, etc. This ongoing lockout has replaced the frenzy the free agency period brings. Teams missing out on key additions and players missing out on big money. Let’s take a look at key players that have missed out on big opportunities due to the lockout…
Kevin Kolb, quarterback
Eagle quarterback Kevin Kolb has been a hot commodity as of late. After losing his starting gig to Michael Vick last season because of injury, he went on record saying that he wants out of Philadelphia and wants to be a starter in this league. He’s shown flashes of greatness at times and displays the skill set to take a team like the Cardinals or 49ers, who both are in need of a quarterback, to the next level. Once the lockout is over, if ever, expect Kolb to be the most coveted quarterback in the market.
Nnamdi Asomugha, cornerback
Arguably the best corneback in the league, Nnamdi Asomugha missed out on a top dollar contract this summer after a number of teams were showering him with offers but could not continue with negotiations because of the lockout. At 6’ 2, 210, Asomugha carries a rare combination of size, speed and athleticism. He has spent his entire eight-year career with the Raiders and has made three Pro Bowls. Expect him to cash in big once free agency starts, he’s the type of player that will thrive in any system.
Albert Haynesworth, defensive tackle
Many view Albert Haynesworth as a lazy player after the big contract in Washington didn’t pan out. Once Haynesworth got his money he seemed satisfied and unmotivated, turning into a distraction instead of helping the team. Ending his tenure with the Redskins on bad terms, he will most likely be released by the end of the lockout. Haynesworth still has some intrigue as he possesses 6’6 335 lbs frame and can still be a terror in the trenches. Motivation is the key for Haynesworth, if he finds the right system and coaching staff he still has time to turn his career around.
Now, if we can only get these NFL “PEOPLE” to come to some sort of agreement…
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