Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Forte’s felt underpaid for years now. The icing on the cake was when Chicago signed Michael Bush as his “backup.” How long can a guy risk going out there and suffering injury when the guy behind him is making more money? He had a lot more leverage when the Bears were bringing in washed-up backups like Marion Barber and Chester Taylor.
Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: My money is on Rice eventually showing up with the Ravens and/or Baltimore paying him before things get too ugly. He’s not the type of guy to put that team in jeopardy. (Plus, you know what happens if Ray Lewis comes to your house and tells you to go to camp? You go to camp.) But Rice has also seen what some of his peers are making and, like Forte, he’s not happy. He makes this offense go so he’s got leverage.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: This is my sleeper for a potentially ugly holdout. No one’s talking about Bowe wanting the money, but don’t you think he saw what guys like Pierre Garcon and Laurent Robinson got paid this offseason? And don’t you think he’s not happy about the possibility of a one-year deal? And don’t you think he knows how important he is to the Chiefs passing game? I’m telling you, sleeper situation for a nightmare here.