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Engram won't hold out
Posted Jul. 13 at 03:27 AM
Bobby Engram would like to get a new contract. He’s under contract for $1.7 million for this year, and he’d like to get a raise. In protest, he sat out some voluntary practices in June.
Noting Engram’s age (he’s 35), the Seahawks have declined to give him a new deal or an extension, even though he projects to be the team’s No. 1 receiver. (D.J. Hackett is gone, Nate Burleson has struggled for much of the last two years, and Deion Branch has a knee injury that should sideline him into the regular season).
But Engram is not going to hold out, according to a column today by Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times. “I'm going to be ready to work hard, because I don't hold any bitterness,” Engram says. “I'm not going to be upset about something that didn't happen. Everybody has to handle his business individually, but I realize nobody is bigger than the team."
Engram wanted not only a raise but an extension. He figures he might play another five years. But after being unable to work out a new deal, Engram indicates his plan is to play well this season, then collect a better contract when he’s a free agent in the spring.
So, the green light is on for Engram is have a good season. In a very good situation – a passing team with limited other receiving options – he looks like a safe bet to catch 85-plus balls. He should be undervalued in most fantasy drafts, particularly those including points for receptions.
Kelly’s story appears right here.
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