Here it is just a few days before the start of the Green Bay Packers 2013 training camp and not a word, not even a whisper has recently been heard about Datone Jones, the Packers first round draft selection in this past April’s NFL annual herding event.
Should we be worried?
With the talk that many of the players and their agents have been spending the past month vacationing, it’s most likely that the Packers and the Jones camp will be busy this week buttoning up an agreement that will have him signed, sealed and delivered for the start of the Packers preseason workouts later this week.
We all know that since the signing of the newest collective bargaining agreement a couple of years ago, the establishment of new rules have negated the protracted holdouts that previously dominated the news at this time of year.
The most notable sticking points arise when agents and teams hammer out the numbers for years and guaranteed money, not to mention making sure the player is receiving comparable compensation for the players drafted around him and the players drafted in similar positions the previous year.
So, count on these numbers being finalized. There has been no sense of urgency or alarm raised by either the Packers or Jones’s camp, so there is no reason to believe there will be problems.
But, as Packers fans, we are anxious to see the deal get done so we can focus on the things that are really important for Jones and the team: Things such as bolstering the defensive line and helping the team stop the read-option and most notably, Adrian Peterson.
Stay tuned …