Sam Darnold's contractual situation officially got the beginner to miss the practice of New York Jets on Friday. Coach Todd Bowles clearly wants to have his best draft in the building but retarded the quarterback's absence.
"Every time you're not here, you lose something," said Bowles. "It's been a day, of course, when he comes in, we'll make him catch up. But at the moment I have 79 other guys to worry about."
With the rookie pay scale, contractual conflicts for first-hand players have all but disappeared. The few areas where agents have a certain price is over cash flow and offsets. Many teams ̵
Bowles does not sound frustrated except that Darnold is not signed, and notes that sometimes it is contractual disputes that are part of the football industry.
"I've played, I've coached, I've investigated. It's part of the business," said Bowles. "It's just another day in the office. There's no animosity there, it's just the business part. When he comes in, we'll take him quickly and make him ready to go."
For Darnold, each practiced exercise reduces the chance that the third pick will win the starting game over Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater.
"Right now, we're just coaching the 79 other guys," Bowles echoed. "I'm not frustrated, I'm a coach, people get injured, people go down, people get shut down and contractual situations. It's got nothing to do with the team. I'm worried about the team."
"We have two other quarterbacks, they can play too. So if he came and got injured on the first day, we would have to play all the others so we'll treat it just like that and we'll continue."