Holdouts Not An Option For Kindle, Cody

Both of the Ravens’ vaunted second-round draft picks have set training camp attendance as a priority.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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When the Ravens report to training camp this summer, Sergio Kindle and Terrence Cody expect to be there on Day 1.

Rookies are scheduled to arrive at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., on July 27, and Baltimore’s top two draft picks want no part of a contract signing holdout, especially after they both impressed during organized team activities.

“Personally, I don’t want to start off on a bad note,” stated Kindle, the 43rd-overall selection.  ”I don’t want to miss any practice after working so hard already.  I just want to be on the field so I can earn my playing time.”

Cody agreed.

“I want to avoid holding out, 100 percent.  I just want to play ball,” said Cody (57th).  ”I feel like I’m in a good position and a great team drafted me.  Holding out will put a flaw on my character.”

Each prospect was confident that their individual agents would begin contract talks with Ravens Vice President of Football Operations Pat Moriarty and General Manager Ozzie Newsome soon.

“I haven’t heard much about it yet, but I’m sure those talks are going to be getting underway,” Cody noted.  ”When my agent (Alvin Keels) gets a good deal, I’ll sign it.”

The waiting game will likely continue over the next few weeks, considering Kindle and Cody are second-round picks.

As of Tuesday, the highest 2010 draftee to sign is Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Myron Lewis, a third-rounder at 67th overall.

Based on the NFL’s recent history of rookie contracts, both sides would likely begin with the numbers offered to last year’s corresponding draft positions.

The Carolina Panthers took defensive end Everette Brown 43rd and signed him to a four-year deal reported to be worth $4.275 million ($1.54 million signing bonus).  The Ravens then took defensive end Paul Kruger 57th, and reports placed his contract at four years for $3.25 million and a $1 million signing bonus.

Both Brown and Kruger’s contracts were agreed upon mere days before the then-rookies reported to their respective training camps.

“My agent was saying it would be based on last year’s 43rd, and we’ll go from there,” said Kindle, who is represented by Joel Segal. “Hopefully, it doesn’t take long and we can keep the momentum going.”

Almost all training camp holdouts should end before or on Aug. 10. In this uncapped year, all players must report to camp at least 30 days before the first game of the league year or will not receive credit for a year of service, as detailed by ProFootballTalk.com.

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