According to the NFL, TJ has also said he will not be attending voluntary offseason workouts. Although he’s not campaigning for a trade, he is looking to get a new deal. He’s in the last year of a 4 yr deal that pays him about $2.5M this year. Now, I’m all for TJ getting a payday. He has outstanding hands, runs crisp routes and is a go-to guy. What I don’t like, however, is professional atheletes using the “I’m not going to” card to try and force a hand. In my book, honoring the contract that YOU signed is worth it’s weight in gold. That’s the kind of ethic that gets rewarded. Unfortunately, in the NFL, that is not the agents way of doing things.
I realize TJ is trying to get all the $$$ he can during his playing career. I realize he’s worth the big payday. I realize Cincinnati needs him on the roster. I also realize this will just make things worse as far as team chemistry goes.
At the end of the day, we all want TJ on the team, even more so than Ocho Cinco. How about someone steps up to the plate (Katie Blackburn) and make this thing right, right now. That way everyone is where they need to be.