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Who could skip minicamp?

When mandatory minicamp opens for 24 teams on Tuesday, there will be notable names missing from the ranks. Most of the absentees will use the event as leverage, angling for new contracts. The Bucs, Saints, Lions, Broncos, Bengals, Cardinals and Lions held camp from June 10 to 12; the Rams are the only team that won't have a mandatory session. Here are the names that could be missing from minicamp for the remaining clubs. This page will be updated as news trickles in.


Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class.

AFC East
» Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots
AFC North
» Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers
AFC South
» Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans
AFC West
» Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders
NFC East
» Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Redskins
NFC North
» Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings
NFC South
» Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints
NFC West
» Cardinals | 49ers | Rams | Seahawks

» Andre Johnson, Houston Texans: The Texans won't have their star receiver at camp. Johnson's uncle and adviser Andre Melton announced the decision Monday, via The Houston Chronicle. "Right now, that's all that he can do," Melton said. "We've done what we can do, so we're just sitting there waiting. ... We'll evaluate it in a month or so and see what's going on." The reason for Johnson's holdout? He isn't sure he wants to play for a rebuilding team.

» Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers: The tight end skipped OTAs, but said in a radio interview last week that he would attend mandatory minicamp. Not so fast. Davis has now reversed course and will hold out of camp, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. Davis explained his stance in a column he penned for The MMQB, saying "It's all about getting paid what you deserve. It's not that complicated." Davis has two years remaining on his six-year, $42.7 million contract.

» Alex Boone, 49ers: The standout guard won't attend minicamp without a new deal, Rapoport reported Friday. Boone has started in all 16 games for the Niners over the past two seasons and wants to be paid accordingly. He's skipped each of the 49ers' offseason workouts and can be fined up to $70,000 if he misses minicamp. Boone is set to make $2.2 million in 2014 and $1.2 million in '15.

» Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks: After leading the Seahawks to a Super Bowl title, Lynch has been quietly seeking a new deal, Rapoport reported last week. Problem is, Lynch is a 28-year-old running back, and he isn't likely to get it with two years left on his contract. The Seahawks are concerned Lynch might skip minicamp after missing OTAs. As of Monday, Lynch hadn't informed the 'Hawks of his plans, per Rapoport. The enigmatic back is set to make $5.5 million this season, including bonuses.

» Kyle Orton, Dallas Cowboys: Rapoport reported that Orton was not at the Dallas Cowboys team facility for mandatory minicamp Tuesday. He didn't show up for his physical on Monday, and is not in attendance for the only required practices of the offseason.

» Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints: Graham technically wouldn't be a holdout, but the star tight end has yet to sign his franchise tender and won't be at camp. He's petitioning the NFL to be listed as a wide receiver rather than at tight end, which would increase his tender from $7.035 million to $12.3 million. The NFLPA filed a grievance on Graham's behalf last month and an arbitrator will preside over the hearing, which will take place Tuesday.

» Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs: The team's top pass rusher bypassed OTAs and wants a new deal. Rapoport says that Houston might also stay away from minicamp. He has a year left on his rookie contract at $1.4 million. Houston has now posted back-to-back double-digit sack seasons (one per game last year) and is deserving of a hefty deal.

» Mike Goodson, New York Jets: Goodson played in just two games for the Jets last season after being indicted on several gun charges. He hasn't shown up to any of the team's OTA sessions, but Rex Ryan said he "definitely" expects Goodson to be present at minicamp. With Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory slated to serve a one-two punch in New York's backfield, Goodson is little more than an afterthought.

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