Next to Political Topics, NFL’s Biggest Stories Lie Around Players Not Reporting to Camp

Jonathan Grant | July 24th, 2018

Much of the summer has been dominated by the NBA’s free agent news, forcing the NFL into second spot. And for much of the summer, the NFL’s top story has centered around political issues which have only served to divide fans and cause many to stop following the sport. Now, in the past couple of days a couple of marquee players look like they will not be heading to training camps. Both of them happen to be wide receivers, and both of them are failing to report for very different reasons.

The first one, the news came down on Monday, revolved around Cleveland Browns wide out Josh Gordon. Gordon, unquestionably one of the league’s standout performers when he is on the field of play, is a player that the Browns have continually backed and decided to build around despite a checkered past off the field. He announced that he would not be headed back to do taking part in what is assumed to be some sort of health treatment plan.

Meanwhile, it looks like there will be some drama surrounding the Atlanta Falcons as well with their star man, Julio Jones, reportedly set to hold out in order to get himself an improved deal. He is slated to make $10.5 million this season alone, but apparently he feels that he should be getting a raise. If the reports are to be believed, then the Falcons know about this at this stage and are hoping that he will change his mind instead of having to fine him $40,000 per day he misses.

Both of these cases are totally divergent, but you have to feel for those involved in each. Gordon (if you aren’t aware of what his problem is, you can google it) is a player that can change any game and can give the Browns a real chance to at least be a middling franchise. But there is just so much there. You can’t help but root for him to get over the problems. As for the Falcons, you just sense that this could be the beginning of the end for them. After two good seasons, it will be hard for them to maintain a winning record yet again in a constantly changing NFC South. This issue with Jones could be just what starts to tear the team apart, much like more issues could swallow up the Browns.

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