I don't like using the word "holdout" when it comes to the Kansas City Chiefs' Dwayne Bowe because, technically, he's not holding out. He hasn't signed a contract to hold out from. But calling him a holdout is the easiest way to explain where he stands. Bowe is one of four players who have not yet reported to training camp.
All four players have their own unique kind of "holdout".
For the Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Wallace, it's similar to Bowe but not totally the same. He's a restricted free agent and has not signed his tender, which will pay him over $2 million in 2012.
For the Jacksonville Jaguars' Justin Blackmon, it's a rookie holdout. Like Bowe, he hasn't signed his contract so he's not being fined. But he has yet to sign his rookie contract with the Jaguars. Some of his off-the-field concerns may be holding this up.
For the Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew, it's an old-school holdout. MJD is under contract for two more years but has yet to report to training camp. He wants a new deal, something the Jaguars say they won't do. He's accruing daily fines of $30,000
For Bowe, it's the unsigned franchise tender.
Detroit Lions' Cliff Avril, who is in an identical situation to Bowe, signed his franchise tender last weekend.
Anyone else think it's about time Bowe did the same?