“The company will take its course”
With training camp lockdowns largely eradicated by the new CBA, a handful of lockdowns – pertaining to camp but not fully participating due to an unsatisfied contract – dot the NFL landscape.
In Pittsburgh, for example, star player TJ Watt, who finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year vote in 2020, is missing out on squad drills as the teams hope to make new contact.
The dismay at these blockages varies from team to team. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is among those not worried about the situation, with his star and backbone of the defense not being on the field at the start of August. In Tomlin’s opinion, these things have a way of working out.
“Not unique at all, really,” Tomlin said on Tuesday, via ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. “This negotiation process is going to take its course. Some take their course faster than others. If I remember correctly, Cameron Heyward had less than 100% ownership when he was in a similar situation not long ago. time.”
Heyward, in fact, signed a four-year extension of $ 64.6 million a little over a week before the start of the 2020 season. Watt’s payday plans will be much bigger, so we’ll see if we need to. more time for the Steelers to do it.
Neither team owner Art Rooney II nor Tomlin seem worried that Watt is running out of representatives at this point. On the contrary, the coach is happy to give the other players additional snaps – like newcomer Melvin Ingram – as the Steelers try to figure out their quick turnaround aside from Watt.
“The business is going to take its course,” said Tomlin. “He’s very conditioned. The force staff work with him. He has good days at work. The process is on its way. In the meantime, man, I’m focusing on the guys who are working, their level of productivity and what kind of days they have spent. “
While the former holdout coaches had no contact with the players and couldn’t see what form they were in firsthand, these hold-ins seem to offer more optimism. The coaches – who speak to the media more than any other franchise voice – seem less worried about situations given that disgruntled players are in the building, even though they are not fully involved in all aspects of the practice.