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Adam Caplan

Adam Caplan is our newest NFL reporter/insider at FOXSports.com. He has spent the past 10 seasons covering the league, specializing in player personnel, injuries and contracts.

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The rookies are signed, sealed and delivered. But there are still a bunch of bitter veterans still hoping to score a better deal from their respective teams.

Let's get the latest scoop of the remaining camp holdouts this summer. Keep coming back to this page as we track this summer's contentious contract situations.

THE VETERANS

Darrelle Revis, Jets CB

(agent: Neil Schwartz)

UPDATE (Aug. 11, 1:15 p.m. ET): Jets coach Rex Ryan says he has a plan he believes will settle the holdout situation with All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Ryan says Wednesday that he would cancel practice, get the entire team together and have everyone in the organization meet with Revis and his agents, and whoever else the star player would want there. He says he's "absolutely serious."

Ryan also says it is a "blatant joke" when asked to comment on Revis' agents saying Tuesday it was "a blatant lie" that they "rebuffed" owner Woody Johnson's request to attend a meeting between the sides last Friday.

Revis has missed 11 days, including Wednesday, since the team reported for training camp at SUNY Cortland. He wants to become the league's highest-paid cornerback.

As FOXSports.com noted previously, Revis did not report to the team in time to secure another year of accrued service toward free agency by Tuesday midnight ET deadline. So he clearly is willing to sit out this season to get what he wants in the long-term.

Schwartz told FOXSports.com that he would like to schedule a meeting with Jets' owner Woody Johnson in the near future to discuss getting a new deal done. In fact, at this point, that might be the only way this deal gets done.

With Revis out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, the Jets will turn to first-round pick Kyle Wilson to replace him. If Revis plays this season, Wilson will handle the nickel role. Third-year cornerback Dwight Lowery will back up Wilson.

Revis, because he's under contract, is subject to the 30-day rule. This rule states that any players under contract must report to the team by Aug. 10 to get a credited season toward free agency. Restricted free agents such as Logan Mankins, Vincent Jackson, and Marcus McNeill are not subject to this rule because they are not under contract.

Make no mistake about it, Revis is recognized in league circles as the best cornerback in the NFL, and he wants big bucks. The final two years of his rookie contract can be voided, making him a free agent after 2010, but the team has the option to “buy back” the final two years at a higher salary number.

It’s not a secret Revis wants to be the highest-paid player at his position, but that moniker currently belongs to Nnamdi Asomugha of the Raiders, at just over $15 million per season.

Shawne Merriman, Chargers LB

(agent: David Dunn)

San Diego Chargers OLB Shawne Merriman signed his one-year restricted free agent tender this morning, the sixth-year pro announced via his Twitter account.

“Just signed my tender and glad to be back with my teammates thanks to everyone,” he said.

Merriman, who was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, likely will not play in Saturday’s preseason opener at home against the Chicago Bears since he’s missed all of training camp to this point.

With Merriman out of the lineup, second-year OLB Larry English has been filling in. It will be interesting to see if the coaches work Merriman in with the second-team defense once he starts practicing since he hasn’t practice in some time.

Merriman, under the RFA tender, will earn a salary of $3.269 million.
 

Aaron Schobel, Bills DE/OLB

(agent: Jeff Nalley)

As expected, the Bills wound up releasing Schobel. A source told FOXSports.com that while Schobel is leaning toward returning for his 10th NFL season, he will continue to consider all of his options.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Schobel is not opposed to playing in a 3-4 defense. In fact, the source said he feels he could do quite well playing in that scheme. He was asked to drop in coverage a bit last season.

While the Houston Texans are considered to be a leading candidate to sign the veteran defensive lineman, Schobel will put a premium on winning if he decides to continue his career. Amazingly, Schobel has never participated in the playoffs.

Schobel has spent the entire offseason at his home in Texas.

Schobel had been signed through 2013. He had a $2 million roster bonus due five days after the start of free agency, but he could only get it by taking a team physical, a source said. Schobel’s base salary for 2010 was $6.025 million with $4 million of it guaranteed.

Vincent Jackson, Chargers WR

(agent: Neil Schwartz)

Jackson, as expected, did not show up with the other veterans on the mandatory reporting date of July 30. Unless he changes his mind, Jackson won't show up until Week 10, when he would still be able to get his season of credited service.

Jackson’s easily one of the NFL’s most talented receivers (68 catches, 1,167 yards, 9 TDs in 2009), and he’d like to be paid like one. Like so many players who’ve been affected by the lack of a new CBA, Jackson’s a restricted free agent — not unrestricted — despite having five years of NFL service. To compound the situation, he is suspended for the first three regular-season games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Jackson refused to sign his one-year restricted free agent tender worth $3.268 million by June 15, so the team reduced his salary to $583,000. If he holds true to reports, he won’t show up to camp until Week 10, he’ll only make a little over $200,000 this season. But by reporting by Week 10, he’ll still earn a year of playing service, which means he’ll be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Marcus McNeill, Chargers OT

(agent: Alvin Keels)

Like Jackson, McNeill didn't show up for training camp by the mandatory reporting date of July 30. He, too, seems set to skip training camp and the preseason, but to show up by Week 10 of the regular season.

McNeill, who’s a restricted free agent because he doesn’t have six years of service, wants his contract extended. McNeill, like many players selected in the 2006 NFL Draft, has been frustrated by the lack of desire from teams to extend his contract. Had there been a new CBA completed by the time free agency started this past March, he might have a new deal by now. Instead, the team placed the highest restricted free agent tender on him, which pays $3.168 million.

However, because he refused to sign it by June 15, the Chargers were able to reduce his base salary to 110 percent of his salary from last season, which was $535,000. McNeill plans to hold out until the 10th week of the regular season, when he’d still be able to earn an accrued season of service, but if he does that, he’ll earn just $212,000. He does have some leverage here because the team doesn’t have a solid replacement for him. They signed veteran LT Tra Thomas (who turns 36 in November) as insurance, who was a backup for the Jaguars last season.

Logan Mankins, Patriots G

(agent: Frank Bauer)

Holding true to his word, the interior lineman did not show up for the veteran reporting date of July 28. Mankins has refused to sign his one-year restricted free agent tender worth $3.268 million by June 15, so by rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the team dropped his base salary to $1.54 million. Teams had the option to dropping the base salary for players who didn't sign their tender offer to 110 percent of their salary from 2009.

Because he's not under contract, there's not much more that the team could do to get him to sign the tender. If he reports to the team by Week 10 of the regular season, he still can get an accrued season of play. This means that he would still get credit for a full season of play.

The Boston Globe reported that the Patriots offered Mankins a deal that averages $7 million a season. However, New Orleans Saint G Jahri Evans recently signed an extension which is valued at over $8 million per season. The next highest-paid guards on an average per year basis are Leonard Davis ($7.086 million), Eric Steinbach ($7.071 million/season), and Steve Hutchinson ($7 million).

Aubrayo Franklin, 49ers DT

(agent: Todd France)

Franklin did not report with the other 49er veterans, so he's officially holding out. But  there's nothing he can do about getting a new contract until the start of the new league year. However, without a collective bargaining agreement for 2011, the date for the new league year isn't known.

The veteran nose tackle’s yet to sign his one-year non-exclusive franchise tender worth $7.003 million. However, both sides can’t enter into an extension at this time because of the deadline to extend franchise player contracts was on July 15.

It’s hard to see Franklin holding out for a prolonged period of time, because once he signs the tender it becomes guaranteed. He’d likely seek to get the type of money Patriots NT Vince Wilfork signed for recently. Wilfork re-signed with New England for five seasons at $40 million with just over $24 million guaranteed ($18 million signing bonus).

A source said his base salaries are guaranteed for injury only in the first three years of the deal, but even if the 49ers were interested in signing Franklin to a new deal, it can’t happen until next year.

Jarrod Page, Chiefs S

 

(agent: John Page)

The veteran safety, because he doesn’t have six years of service, is just a restricted free agent. Had a new collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players been agreed to by the start of free agency in March, Page would have been an unrestricted free agent, meaning he would have been free to sign with any team. He was tendered at the second round level at $1.759 million for 2010, but has refused to sign the one-year deal. Because Page has not signed a contract, the team can’t fine him for missing training camp.

The Chiefs selected FS Eric Berry with their first-round pick in April’s NFL Draft. That decision didn’t sit well with Page or his brother, John Page, who doubles as his agent. John Page sent the Chiefs a formal trade request recently - the second in less than 12 months. Page simply no leverage in this situation because they also selected S Kendrick Lewis in the fifth round of this year’s draft in addition to Berry. They also have holdovers DaJuan Morgan, Jon McGraw, and Reshard Langford, who all figure to be in the mix for playing time this season .

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