In concept, there isn’t a lot to negotiate when it comes to NFL rookie contracts. Since 2011, when the newest collective bargaining settlement took impact, the league’s latest gamers have acquired contracts which are tied to the place they’re drafted. Impasses have turn into a factor of the previous, for probably the most half: Of the 256 gamers drafted in April, all but two have signed contracts and have reported to training camp.
So it’s considerably odd to see a rookie holdout today, and it’s significantly curious when that holdout is seen as a workforce’s quarterback of the longer term. Such is the case with Sam Darnold, whom the Jets took with the No. three choose of this 12 months’s draft but has but to present up for training camp although he’s ensured of a totally assured four-year deal value about $30 million, with a $20 million signing bonus.
The causes rely on whom you’re studying. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News portrays the contract squabble as a take a look at of wills between the Jets and Darnold’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, over so-called “offset” language within the contract. In essence, such language offers the Jets some safety within the unlikely likelihood that they reduce Darnold over the course of his rookie contract. By together with the offset language, the Jets may scale back the cash they might owe Darnold ought to he signal with one other workforce. Without the clause, Darnold would get the total quantity due to him from the Jets plus no matter cash he will get from the workforce that indicators him.
For comparability’s sake, No. 1 choose Baker Mayfield agreed to embrace offset language in his contract with the Browns, which Mehta says irked Sexton as a result of it diminished his leverage with the Jets in his Darnold negotiations.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini, in the meantime, says the offset language “remains an issue” but brings up one other sticking level. The Jets need to embrace a clause within the contract that may void any assured cash owed to Darnold if he is merely fined by the league for detrimental conduct on or off the sphere. It’s a decrease threshold than contracts signed by Mayfield and Josh Allen, a quarterback taken with the seventh choose by the Buffalo Bills. Both have clauses that void their assured cash if they’re suspended, not fined. Plus, it might be comparatively uncommon for such a excessive choose to agree to such a decrease threshold: Cimini says that over the previous 10 NFL drafts, no prime three choose has agreed to a clause that may void assured cash within the case of a tremendous. Plus, the Jets are one in all only a handful of NFL groups that demand such clauses from their rookies, according to Mehta.
A 3rd attainable purpose popped up Monday morning, via the NFL Network’s Michael Silver. He says the Darnold holdup doesn’t heart on an offset clause but somewhat one thing referred to as forfeiture language, which permits a workforce “to recoup money if a player is injured while engaging in certain activities outside of football,” akin to snowboarding or mountaineering. The Jets embrace such language in all of their contracts and most definitely wouldn’t be prepared to make an exception for Darnold, as a result of then each different participant they draft would need the identical courtesy prolonged to them.
In any case, the Jets have begun training camp with solely two quarterbacks current in Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, and Coach Todd Bowles doesn’t appear to regard the Darnold deadlock as something to fear about.
“It’s part of the business,” Bowles mentioned, per the Associated Press. “You deal with something every year. I’m not disappointed. I have a bunch of guys out here to coach and get ready for the season.”
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