More than a dozen players are planning to self publish their first book in 2017.
Free Press’ Rob McBride and Paul Gutierrez report.
Free Press, the nonprofit that owns the New York Jets and New England Patriots, said Monday that eight of the players who have signed with the publication plan to begin publishing their first books next year.
The players are all free agents and have agreed to sign with the publisher to get their books published, Free Press CEO and publisher Mark Purdy said.
The first book is titled “Furious at the City.”
The players will be the first players in NFL history to self release their books.
They are: running back Chris Ivory, defensive end Chris Baker, linebacker Brian Robison, linebacker Aaron Lynch, safety Eric Rowe, safety Brian Tyms, tight end Kyle Rudolph, offensive tackle Tyler Kroft and defensive tackle Kevin Zeitler.
A second book is planned for release in 2018.
Players who have not signed with Purdy and Free Press include defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, wide receiver Michael Thomas, linebacker Brandon Marshall, defensive tackle David Bakhtiari, cornerback Marcus Peters, safety Darian Stewart, wide receivers Tavon Austin and Torrey Smith, running back LeGarrette Blount and tight end Zach Ertz.