Unsigned Justin Pugh says there won't be a holdout
First-round pick Justin Pugh has yet to sign his contract with the Giants, but he said it will get done before the start of training camp in late July.
“I’m not really worried about it,” he said. “I just want to focus on football. That’s why I signed [the injury protection form to participate in the offseason program], so I can be out here. I know it’ll be done. I’m not missing any training camp, I know that right now. There’s no way.”
Rookie contracts have become pretty simple under the new CBA. Right now, Pugh said, the hangup (if you can call it that) is over guaranteed money. Jarvis Jones, taken two slots ahead of Pugh, had his contract fully guaranteed by the Steelers ($8.705 million over four years). Kyle Long, taken by the Bears at 20 and one spot after Pugh, had about 91 percent of his four-year contract guaranteed, Pugh said.
“So there’s that wiggle room where they’re trying to find out what’s best for me,” Pugh said.
As far as what’s best for him football-wise, Pugh made it clear that it would be attending training camp from the beginning and not holding out. The last Giants rookie to hold out of camp was Prince Amukamara. But he was a cornerback. Different position. And he wasn’t expected to come in and start right away as Pugh may be asked to do.
“Playing offensive line, you can’t fall behind,” Pugh said. “Obviously if [the Giants’ offer] is to an extreme, I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. But they do things the right way here so I know we’ll get it done. I’m not worried about it.”