As NFL teams near mandatory mini camp, there are three notable players who will be absent. All three players seem to be under contract disputes leading up to the 2018 season.

  1. Khalil Mack (Oakland Raiders)
  2. Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)
  3. David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals)

1. Defensive end Khalil Mack, who will be under his fifth-year option in his rookie deal, is looking to seek a contract over $65 million according to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche. Mack is set to earn $13.846 million in 2018 and whilst $65 million seems excessive in comparison, there is arguably justification for the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, three times Pro Bowler and two times First Team All Pro player.

2. Wide receiver Julio Jones, has three years left on his contract and the Falcons are reported to be aware of Jones’s contract concerns. Jones is currently the 8th highest paid wide receiver on average who earns $14,251,209 million annually compared with Antonio Brown earning $17 million. Also, Mike Evan’s (wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) currently owns the biggest contract at WR worth $82.5 million (through 2018-2023). Although Julio Jones signed a five year contract in 2015 worth $71,256,045 million, the five times Pro Bowler and two times First All Pro player will hope to earn a bigger contract.

3. Running back David Johnson is reported to be seeking a new contract entering the 2018 season. Johnson rushed for 1239 yards, made the Pro Bowl, and was voted first team All Pro in 2016. Despite coming off a season ending wrist injury week one in 2017, Johnson hopes to gain a bigger contract. He signed a four year contract in 2015 worth $2.92 million.

There will be fines for missing mandatory mini camp. Missing all three days will equate to a total of $84,435 fine for all players. Which players do you think deserve contract extensions?

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