The slow season of NFL news and coverage is finally coming to a close.
Training camp for many teams is nearly underway, and fans will get a chance to hear more about their favorite teams ahead of the 2023 season.
While training camp is a time of anticipation and excitement for many, this year could feature a few absences from star players.
Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs were not signed to contract extensions by their respective teams, and are now set to play under the franchise tag.
As Ian Rapoport has recently highlighted on an episode of NFL Total Access, he’s not expecting Barkley and Jacobs to show up to training camp.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 18, 2023
Technically, neither player is under contract, given that they haven’t signed their franchise tags.
Because of this, they will not be fined for missing camp, but they will lose out on valuable time with their teammates.
Even though Rapoport believes that Jacobs and Barkley will not initially report to camp, he illustrates that: “These are not holdouts.”
Rapoport made specific mention of Le’Veon Bell, who ended up sitting out an entire season for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
During this conversation, Rapoport didn’t provide a timeline that he expects Barkley and Jacobs to return to their teams.
He did mention that, as long as both players are back for the first regular season game, they’ll get paid their usual salary.
As massive contributors to their respective teams, Barkley and Jacobs will be missed during training camp.
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