Reviewing the Who, What and Why of the Last 7 Unsigned Draft Picks
The new collective bargaining agreement has done its job of getting the rookies to camp on time. Only seven draft picks remain unsigned, and only one, Titans first-rounder Kendall Wright, has officially missed the rookie reporting date for this team.
Let's review the holdouts and what the holdup is with their contracts.
Minnesota No. 4 overall pick OT Matt Kalil
According to Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk, offset language to protect the team in case Kalil is released before the contract is up is the issue.
Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 reported that including offset language is a policy of the Vikings, but with none of the other top nine picks that have signed having it in their deals, the Vikings are negotiating from a position of weakness.
Jacksonville No. 5 overall pick WR Justin Blackmon
This one might be the most likely to result in a real holdout. After Blackmon's aggravated DUI arrest in June, the team will be looking for clauses to protect it against Blackmon getting in further trouble.
Miami No. 8 overall pick QB Ryan Tannehill
Offset language is the issue here, according to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel .
Tannehill has a higher bust risk than any of the other top nine picks, so it makes sense for the Dolphins to seek the protection, but since No. 9 pick Luke Kuechly didn't have it in his contract, the Dolphins may lose this battle.
Tannehill is no real threat to win the starting quarterback job, so his missing time in camp won't hurt the team that much.
Kansas City No. 11 overall pick DT Dontari Poe
CBS Sports' Pat Kirwan reports that the almost $2 million difference between No. 10 pick Stephon Gilmore's deal and No. 12 pick Fletcher Cox's deal is the culprit here.
Poe will want close to Gilmore's deal, but Kirwan isn't even sure he'll get the amount halfway in between the two.
Tennessee No. 20 overall pick WR Kendall Wright
The first-round picks in the early 20s have had it out with their teams over the guaranteed money in the fourth year of their deals. No. 21 pick Chandler Jones got about $750,000 from New England, and No. 22 pick Brandon Weeden got $900,000 from the Browns.
The Titans need Wright in camp as soon as possible, with a suspension and three offseason knee surgeries looming over Kenny Britt. Expect them to fold in negotiations soon.
Oakland third-round pick Tony Bergstrom and fifth-round pick Juron Criner
This one is a bit puzzling, but the Raiders did just open up more cap room with the trade of Louis Murphy, and the team doesn't report to camp until Sunday.
Look for Reggie McKenzie to get these deals done as a formality.
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