We're trying to keep our eye out on any news regarding Jermaine Gresham's holdout. It's one of those Bengals-related (bad) obsession of ours. Latest reports suggest that we'd be fools to be optimistic in seeing one by the end of the weekend. However, Geoff Hobson speculates that the company representing Gresham could be trying to get a deal done with another first rounder first. It's not like Gresham is waiting or anything. Either way, it's time for us to put on our patient caps for the time being and just wait. Maybe help a certain reader who just turned 21 celebrate one of the best birthdays of his life. Sorry BcBengalFan. But that's it for big birthdays.
In the meantime, one thing we can do is speculate and observe on what the players around the 21st pick are receiving. Today, two players signed contracts. Kareem Jackson's deal has set the ceiling and Brian Bulaga's deal with the Packers has helped provide a clearer picture of the floor.
All contracts are five-year deals.
|19||Sean Weatherspoon||Falcons||17.5 Million; $10.5 Million guaranteed|
|20||Kareem Jackson||Texans||16.3 Million (max); $10.35 M guaranteed|
|23||Bryan Bulaga||Packers||14.75 Million; $8.76 Million guaranteed|
Recently we took a wild guess that Gresham's deal could be in the neighborhood of $13.7 million with $9 million guaranteed. Yea, kind of whiffed on that one.
Bengals History of Holdouts
In a recent posting talking about the potential of a Gresham holdout (with me whiffing yet again saying I didn't expect one), we quickly examined how signings typically work in the first round and where Gresham would fit in. Just for kicks and giggles, here's the chart of the team's most recent first rounders and when they signed (or the length of their holdout).
|Year||Player||Pick||Length of Hold Out|
|2009||Andre Smith||6th||Held out 30 days|
|2008||Keith Rivers||9th||Held out 10 days|
|2007||Leon Hall||18th||Missed a practice on the first day of Training Camp|
|2006||Johnathan Joseph||24th||Signed first day of camp.|
|2005||David Pollack||17th||Held out 19 days|
|2004||Chris Perry||26th||Held out 11 days|
|2003||Carson Palmer||1st||Signed two days before the NFL Draft.|
|2002||Levi Jones||10th||Signed first day of camp|
|2001||Justin Smith||4th||Signed one day before first regular season game.|