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Will “offset language” hold up Jordan signing?
Last season, we watched the Dolphins find a way to include the “offset language” in the contract of QB Ryan Tannehill. Could a disagreement between the team and agent over “offset language” hold up Miami signing their first round pick, Dion Jordan?
Offset language means that if a player is released by a team, the next team to sign a player would foot the bill on any or all of the guaranteed money owed a player who has been released. For example, if a player owed $2 million is released and is signed by another team for $1 million, his former team would only owe him the difference of $1 million. A player with no offset language would earn the original $2 million from Miami, plus the $1 million from his new team.
Three top ten picks signed so far, all fully guaranteed and without offset language.
#2 pick Luke Joekel signed 6/22 fully guaranteed without offset language.
#5 pick Ezekial Ansah signed 5/10 fully guaranteed without offset language.
#8 pickTavonAustinsigned 6/13 fully guaranteed withoutoffset language.Obviously Miami isn’t alone in having it’s first round pick unsigned. And Miami may not be the only team wanting to use the “offset language in their rookie contracts.Per Profootballtalk.com,
Per multiple league sources, the Eagles are expected to push for offset language in the contract signed by tackle Lane Johnson (pictured), the fourth overall pick in the draft. Ditto for the Browns, who took defensive end Barkevious Mingo with the sixth pick.
I’m not predicting a hold out necessarily, because Dawn Aponte could relent on the language or Jordan could convince his agent to sign despite the offset.
What will be interesting to see is how this unfolds, not just for the Dolphins but for the other teams in the top 10 looking to make the offset language the norm rather than the exception.
As camp gets closer and coaches rant about how vital it is to get these rookies in on time (especially in Jordan’s case, since he couldn’t participate in the OTAs or minicamp) – will front offices fold on the idea?
How strongly will Aponte stick to her guns if all the other top 8 picks sign without the offset language?
Look at the Rams. From what I’ve read, St. Louis isn’t worried about the offset language because they are confident in (1) their ability to evaluate talent and (2) their ability to coach up talent. They *know* they aren’t going to cut the kid, so offset language is meaningless.
What are the odds Jordan will be cut in 4 years? Is it really that important to require it?
Until the ink dries on the contract, Jordan’s signing before camp starts is not a fait accompli, no matter how confident anyone is. Odds are greatly reduced thanks to the CBA, but this offset language issue is a real one in the staring contest between teams and agents.
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