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More Holdout Discussion

Derrick HarveyFollowing up on the excellent post made by Vinson Vadakara…if his pay scale were in place, the Jacksonville Jaguars would be a happier organization.  Former University of Florida sack machine, Derrick Harvey, continues his holdout because he apparently is not being offered the market value at his slot.  A slotting pay scale system would obviously remedy that type of concern (at least on the guaranteed portion of the contract).  Harvey’s agent, Ken Kremer of CAA, believes that the market value of a player should be somewhere between ten and seventy-five percent above what the player selected in that spot the prior year earned.  Coach Jack Del Rio believes that a reasonable increase is five to ten percent.  This conversation may last a while.

Do you think that the Jaguars remember a similar contract negotiation between the organization and one of Kremer’s colleagues that was sour for a while?  Kremer’s buddy at CAA, Tom Condon, represented Byron Leftwich when he held out for a team record of nineteen days.

And Keith Rivers does not seem to be all that close to signing with the Bengals, either.

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