Fans may not like it, but money makes the world go around. Unfortunately, that’s why many great players leave their franchises and teams. There’s nothing more frustrating than when a team loses a star because they can’t afford to keep them. There have been many contract holdouts where players refuse to play because they want more money.
Many of these shocked the pro sports world and left fans guessing. It’s a dangerous game because players will lose a lot of money if it doesn’t go well. The NFL sees many contract holdouts because they don’t offer many guaranteed deals. There are fewer in MLB and the NBA. Check out the list below via USA Today.
50. Xavien Howard
Howard is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. The Miami star knew his value and decided that his franchise should pay him more money. One of the most noteworthy contract holdouts in recent memory began in 2021. Howard refused to play for the team because they didn’t appreciate him. This was a clever strategy to place pressure on his team (via NFL.com).
Not every franchise bows to its players’ demands. In the end, it depends on their age, profile, and intrinsic value. However, Howard didn’t burn all the bridges. He returned to the preseason training camp because he didn’t want the team to fine him. Finally, he agreed on a new extension with the team that made him the NFL’s highest paid cornerback. It’s safe to say that it all worked out.