When the New York Giants report to training camp on July 26th, first-round draft pick Justin Pugh said he will be there whether he's signed or unsigned. It's a similar stance to the one he took when he arrived for both rookie mini-camp and mandatory team mini-camp. But despite the good will, he remains at odds with Big Blue over his contract — specifically, the guaranteed money.
Every pick from No. 14 through No. 21 have signed with their respective teams — all except Pugh, who has been looking for more guaranteed money on what will likely be a four-year deal worth right around $8.345 million.
Should the two sides not bridge this gap by the time training camp begins, Pugh will be put in a precarious position: does he show up and practice as he said he would or does he risk a holdout?
What it all boils down to is that players selected in the lower teens lack a fully guaranteed fourth year, and that's what Pugh is seeking. It roughly amounts to $750,000, which Pugh would receive in a roster bonus if he's not cut before March of 2016 — something that, theoretically, shouldn't be a problem anyway.
In the end, this seems like a very minor hiccup that the two sides should be able to squash over the next two weeks.
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