No. 2 Pick Griffin Signs, Rest of Top 8 Should Fall in Place
The Griffin administration is officially in charge in Washington.
Mark Maske and Mike Jones of The Washington Post report that the team announced a four-year, $21.1 million deal, fully guaranteed, with a team option for a fifth year. Craig Lyndall, of Waiting for Next Year, has estimated that Griffin's deal represents a 0.7 percent increase from the deal signed by 2011 No. 2 overall pick Von Miller.
This should create a clear scale for Andrew Luck and the No. 3 through No. 8 picks, who remain unsigned.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk speculates that Will Wilson, Luck's uncle/agent, has been waiting for Griffin to sign so that his inexperience wouldn't be exposed by negotiating an inferior deal to what Griffin got, considering Luck was drafted first.
"Offset language," which allows a team to get reimbursed for its guaranteed financial commitment to a player if he is released and then paid by a new team, is a reason for the holdup for the early first-round deals, according to ESPN's Andrew Brandt.
Florio reports that a source with knowledge of the contract said there is no offset language in Griffin's deal.
There is also no offset language in the deal signed by No. 9 pick Luke Kuechly, according to Florio. This sets up an easy win for the agents negotiating the remaining top first-round-pick contracts to exclude offset language.
In fact, Florio points out that Griffin and Kuechly are represented by CAA, who also represents No. 3 pick Trent Richardson, No. 4 pick Matt Kalil and No. 7 pick Mark Barron.
Everything points to every draft pick being in camp on time for the first time in recent memory, which will hopefully become the norm under the new collective bargaining agreement.
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