Despite the fact that the ceiling and the floor for his deal has been set via contracts negotiated by his CAA agents for the 13th and 15th overall picks (Brian Orakpo and Brian Cushing, respectively) with the Redskins and Texans, respectively, Saints cornerback Malcolm Jenkins remains a holdout at the No. 14 overall slot.
Though we recently speculated that CAA might be trying to get for Jenkins the same unique structure (six-year deal that voids easily to four with a pricey two-year buy back) that the Jets gave to cornerback Darrelle Revis in the same position two years ago, we’re told that the team and the player are both operating under the assumption that it’ll be a straight five-year deal.
So either the agents who negotiated the 13th overall pick don’t want to outdo themselves, or the team doesn’t want to respect the slotting system.
Frankly, we doubt that CAA is trying to leapfrog their own deal for Orakpo, since to do so would not only piss off Orakpo but also would be used against CAA on the coming recruiting trail.
Thus, we’re going to assume for now that this one is on the team.
Cue the “Florio hates Reggie Bush” crowd.