I don't know why he has been out of action as long as he has this training camp. I do know, however, his actions may soon become the template for players looking to upgrade their contracts but avoid the potential fines or repayment of signing bonus that comes along with not reporting to camp.
Yes, it is true that Burress has still yet to receive a new deal. But the hunch here is it will get done before the start of the regular season.
There has been little to no negotiation between Jackson, Peters and their respective ball clubs as the organizations appear to be sticking to their guns of declining to talk contract until the players report to camp. The players have likewise offered the organization the silent treatment and have declined to report until the talks progress. Someone needs to budge soon so the players can get some practice time in before the regular season begins.
That is where the Burress model comes in. Although Burress may have a legitimate injury, there is talk among players the best move in contract stalemates going forward may be to report but sit out practice with some sort of an injury. Football players always have something bothering them physically. Always. If the player feels his ailment is enough to necessitate sitting out, it is very hard for the team to prove he is being less than sincere.
The benefit for the player is he can continue to make his point without risking injury (or further injury as the case may be) or getting fined. Though teams will certainly be less than pleased, there may be a side benefit for them. In the cases of players like Jackson and Peters, the organizations could save face by claiming they only began the talks in earnest once the player reported, even if it is half-heartedly.
Whether it is intentional or not, Burress may have initiated a new strategy in player-club relations.
The Miami Dolphins' release of veteran kicker
The move, though, was not surprising to those who know
Feely is one of the most media-friendly players in the league, often appearing as a guest on radio and TV shows and newspaper blogs. He is outspoken and enjoys the platform afforded to him as an NFL player. But there are coaches and front office executives weary of players who find a way to offer their opinion on a frequent basis. And it is not just Parcells.
The Dolphins will point out that undrafted rookie
The Carolina Panthers were so thrilled with camp concluding that many apparently hopped right into their car
Leaving the facility after a workout or a practice without showering is known among players as taking a "shower pill," and it is much more common than you can imagine. It is not looked upon in a favorable light, yet some players seem to wear their propensity to "take pills" after practice as a badge of honor.
Players are often chided for taking shower pills on days in which they clearly perspired enough that a shower is warranted. It is seen as being more acceptable on light days, such as the walk-thru the day before the game. I always felt it was surprising that some guys would take shower pills given that NFL locker rooms are loaded with amenities from bodywash to shaving cream, plus laundry is done by the equipment staff. Why not shower at the facility right after practice and change into clean clothes?
Either way, the thought of a mammoth defensive lineman like the Panthers'
Ladies and gentleman, I give you the "shower pill". Now take it and run with it at your own risk.