Janoris Jenkins is in the news again.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that Jenkins still hasn't signed with the Rams. Training camp opens in a week. Since it's a really, really good idea for rookies to report to camp on time, this should be a cause for concern in Rams Nation. I know it is starting to freak me out.
So today, I'm going to try to mediate this dispute with some unsolicited advice for Janoris Jenkins.
Janoris, the Rams drafted you, a top 10 talent, with the No. 39 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. You were still available because of your checkered past. The Rams drafted you with a plan to help you grow up, but since the draft, things haven't gone according to plan.
As Cole reported back on July 5, the Rams tried to pick a financial adviser for you, but you didn't like that idea. The Rams wanted you to use an adviser that head coach Jeff Fisher recommended, but you already had your own team in place.
According to Cole's report, you are relying on an entourage that includes your agent Malik Shareef, Army staff sergeant Sandy Cornelio and Merrill Lynch adviser Rich DeLuca. I don't know your relationship to any of these people, but that sure seems like a lot of people to keep on the payroll.
Since you are still unsigned, and being very reluctant to take any advice from the Rams, the team just wants some safeguards in the contract. Instead of paying the signing bonus in one lump sum, which is the norm, the Rams want to spread the bonus over four installments, This way, if you run into trouble again, and you are no longer with the team, they won't have to pay you.
If this sounds unusual, it's not. The Patriots did the same thing with Aaron Hernandez. Remember him? You guys were teammates at the University of Florida. Hernandez also had his own pre-draft issues. He accepted the deal, behaved himself, and in the end, made more money over the life of the deal.
The Rams are basically asking you to share the risk they took when they drafted you.
Let's cut the crap, Janoris. You need the money. You have four children by three different women, and according to Cole's latest report, now there is a fourth woman claiming that she is also your baby's momma. You took out a loan during the draft process to get caught up on your child support, so you are already in debt.
Here is the part that bothers me the most, and this is the part that should bother you the most: according to Cole's report, your agent "is concerned about how he will be viewed by other potential clients for taking such a deal."
So your agent is looking out for himself, and his own future, instead of trying to do what's best for you. Janoris, you're going to make more money over the life of this contract if you take the deal, and more importantly, you're going to report to camp on time.
Jeff Fisher has gone on record to say you're going to be "really good, really soon."
If you become really good, really soon, that would have to mean that your career got off to a good start. That would mean that you reported to camp on time and won the starting job at corner. If you do that, and you play as well as I hope you do, you are really going to get paid.
Have you seen how much Darrell Revis makes?
Trust me. You need to tell your agent, "take the deal." Report to camp on time. Win the starting job. Become a star. Then you'll really get paid.