Originally Posted by Legend of Josh
Risk VS Reward. Unlike MLB and especially the NBA, players more often than not need to "strike while the iron is hot" because in the NFL, anything and everything can happen in the blink of an eye. In the NBA for example, you can go into the off-season having surgery but your skill-set remains the same, and you're evaulated on an entirely different level, in other words meaning your value virtually remains the same as long as your injury isn't something that could be potentially career hindering / career-ending.
In the NFL though, you risk millions by holding out; mainly because of the possibility of a potentially career hindering / career-ending injury. However also just in the case with Mike Wallace - having an "off year" could very well cost him millions. I swear, these athletes these days are so damn greedy, but I think their agents play a huge role into it all as well.
Look at a few seasons ago, when Drew Brees was sweating because the Saints were holding out on giving him super max dollars. They wanted him to play the entire duration of his contract before resigning him, even though he had just won them a freaking Superbowl! I thought that was rather distasteful and disrespectful on the part of the franchise, but at the end of the day, it's a business. What if New Orleans would have signed him, and Week 2 of the season he goes down with a season-ending injury; one that possibly ended his career or at least at being an elite QB. You have to think about these things if you're on the business/ownership side of things.
Yeah, I think Wallace was just in a uniquely poor situation to hold out. He is still a developing talent trying to learn a new offense on the fly. Plus, he was trying to play hardball with an organization who isn't likely to fold in a holdout situation.
Guys like Brees or MJD have more leverage in a holdout situation.