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SD rookie Mathews backs off "no holdout" talk

Posted on: July 19, 2010 10:17 pm
Earlier this month, Chargers first-round rookie running back Ryan Mathews promised to be in training camp on time. When the San Diego Tribune’s excellent beat writer, Kevin Acee, pointed out to the 12th overall pick that every rookie promises this, Mathews chuckled and said, Yeah, what makes (my situation) different, I think, is that I need to contribute this year. Being in camp on time will help me do that.”

Now, it sounds like Mathews has spent some time talking to his advisors. (Or maybe Vincent Jackson’s advisors.) Acee writes:

However, while he previously stated he had talked to his agent about his desire to be punctual, Mathews sounded today as he had been told a few things too.

"It's also a business," he said. "That's what I have to realize. ... I want to be on time. Hopefully that happens. If not, there's nothing I can do."

More noteworthy than Mathews' proclamation he wants to be on time is the fact that on July 9, third-round draft pick Donald Butler and fifth-rounder Cam Thomas agreed to contracts, meaning that the Chargers had signed all their picks except Mathews.

The Chargers do not have the best reputation for getting high-drafted rookies into camp on time. (LaDainian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers and Shawne Merriman all had holdouts.) 

-- Andy Benoit

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Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2010 2:09 am

SD rookie Mathews backs off "no holdout" talk

Just think, if Philip Rivers had signed early and gotten into camp in time, it's possible that Drew Brees would have played out the rest of his career as a backup.  Also, hopefully they can get everything worked out with Mathews soon.

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