Jets’ Cornerback Dee Milliner Setting a Bad Precedent by Holding Out

May 10, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets rookie cornerback Dee Milliner (27) rides the stationary bike during New York Jets rookie minicamp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The picture to the right would have been better than what we got at Jets’ training camp yesterday. At least Dee Milliner would have been around the team to take in practice, and learn a bit by watching.

But that is not what we got, ladies and gentlemen. What we got as something we are all too familiar with. We had a cornerback holding out for his contract. Dee Milliner, first round choice from Alabama, was a no-show yesterday, choosing to hold out and work out on his own while his contract is being negotiated.

I don’t care if he is working on his own. Earth to Dee Milliner: bad idea! Get to New Jersey, and get here ASAP.

First of all, this is not the reputation you want following you around. I don’t think ANY player would want to have this type of reputation, but ESPECIALLY a rookie. Yes, I understand that he played in a pro-style defense at Alabama, but that means nothing to me. As a rookie, you want the reputation of a guy that is going to come into the league, and get the job done. Come to your team, and learn everything you need to learn, and leave the contract out of it.

Maybe that is naïve, and not the way athletes think, but it is still my dream/hope.

Secondly, Dee should remember what he is negotiating for. The rookie salaries are pre-determined. It’s not like he and his representatives are arguing over multi-millions. It might be a million or two here, or some language there. It’s not very much, that is my point. It’s not as if he is fighting over a contract that would rival a veterans. Let your agent deal with the minutiae of the contract, and come to camp.

Alabama may have a pro like system, but they don’t have a pro system. The game of football is far faster in the NFL than it is in college. It just is, no matter how smart Milliner thinks he is. I am hearing that a deal is not imminent for Milliner as of the typing of this post. You know what? I don’t care.

Dee, you want to play? Get your rear end in camp. There are no good excuses. Get here. Period.

Topics: Dee Milliner, Jets Training Camp, New York Jets

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  • Ozman Cherif Haidara

    Dumb azz rookie …you a first round pick focuse on football you dumb azz n come rep the jets nation go jets

    • TheJetPress

      Couldn’t agree more Ozman.

  • charles gallo

    He must be worried he will be cut down the line. Maybe he knows he can not backpedal and will be a bust as a CB in the NFL.

    • TheJetPress

      maybe…

  • Football Rob

    This article was some weak sauce, the Jets are known to be cheap. They pulled this same junk with Revis and traded him for next to nothing so they can replace him with young cheap talent. Why blame a guy for trying to get the best deal he can? Come up with something better next time please

    • TheJetPress

      Because one, the salaries are pre-determined, all they are arguing about is language. Second, because it’s ridiculous. Come and play football, get a reputation of a guy that works hard…Sorry if you didn’t agree with this one but thanks for reading.

    • Paul Newbold

      You say the Jets are cheap? Then you use Revis as an example? Hey I’m not saying Woody is the “last of the big time spenders” or anything, but he writes plenty of inflated checks! Check the money Revis made as a Jet, nearly every CB in the league would be jealous! Ask Mark Sanchez or Holmes if their paychecks are short? The list goes on and on. As far as Millner…the kid should fire his agents for giving him terrible advice. Get in camp and the contract will work itself out.

      • Football Rob

        Is Milliner the only rookie ever to hold out from camp? Please! When teams strong arm the players, they hide behind the phrase “it’s a business”. But when players try to strong arm the team, fans like you get all butt hurt about it. Nothing personal, it’s just business for both sides.

        • Paul Newbold

          Its not money! The rookie guide lines are in place! If it were about money I might understand This is a business, and Dee is making a terrible business decision here.

    • Frank Antonelli

      Wow, another idiot surfaces.

      • Football Rob

        How dare I stick up for a player’s right to negotiate his contract. I am just a bad dude. I should be ashamed of myself :(

  • matr dontelli iii

    Maybe he’s just not paying attention. Does he really think idzik is gonna bend on the offset? I’m reasonably certain that’s the issue and I don’t think the situation will change until milliner gives up the fight. Good grief!

  • matr dontelli iii

    Even though it is training camp, for simplicity’s sake I will call it ‘in season’ as opposed to off season. I didn’t discover this site until the offseason. I didn’t realize how much you turn up the heat in season. I don’t think I wanna watch a game with you Alan. I think that might be dangerous! :)

    • TheJetPress

      My wife would agree with you Matr. I am very passionate about this team. You will see it more and more as the season comes closer and closer and finally begins.

  • Paul Newbold

    Dear Mr. Millner,
    You need to fire your agents. The advice you were given to hold out of camp is flawed. This holdout of yours will result in you sitting on a bench while others play football. Camp is more important than any wording in your contract. The fact that you are not with your team as they open camp, speaks volumes; whether you realize it or not. It says “I come first, the hell with the team”, and “I’m a immature moron, give me my way or I’m going home” This is the NFL, you are a rookie who hasn’t even participated in your first practice! Grow the hell up, act like a professional and GET YOUR ASS TO CAMP!
    Sincerely
    A DEE MILLNER FAN

    P.S Lankster is looking good by some reports, he sends his thanks for the opportunity!

    ,

    • matr dontelli iii

      hey paul don’t waste your time with dopey up there. he’s another one who’ll go away when he’s ignored. another guy ho has nothing better to do on a summer afternoon than troll around blogs of teams he’s not a fan of. espn’s site is probably down or something. he isn’t sharp enough to cut butter or he’d realize the money is set and the issue is the offset. it he plays close to his potential the offset isn’t an issue. it’s only an issue when someone is overdrafted, like a gholston. if he’s the best corner to come out this year the offset will never matr. it only matrs if he’s cut and gets a new contract (if i understand correctly). in that case he’d only get paid once, he wouldn’t earn both salaries on top of one another.

    • TheJetPress

      Excellent letter Paul…hopefully he will read it.

      • PewterPower1

        Nobody reads your stupid articles … Fake ass sports analyst wannabe.

  • Pewter Power

    Dee will be traded to a better team next year, Rex Ryan is a clown and until the front office fires him you guys won’t see the playoffs. Point blank period. The Jets have problems in the front office. Stop bashing your players and maybe they will want to play for your city, Dee is coming from Alabama , Yorkers are 2 faced rotten fans who only care when your good and winning. Money money money the only real reason why any player would play in New York..

    • Frank Antonelli

      You’re an idiot.

      • TheJetPress

        frank, normally I would tell you not to use cuss words but with this guy I allow an exception. He’s been banned from the site anyway.

        • PewterPower1

          Hahaha nice one . You probably thought about that for awhile. Zzzzzzz. And honestly who gives a fuck about your site! Hahaha ill just create new emails and new names you will never get rid of me! Fuck the Jets and their crybaby fans.

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