‘Skins, Griffin still haggling over offset language

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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III won’t officially become Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III until he signs a contract.  And while Griffin has said he hopes to get it done by Monday, the two sides still have to do some work.

The two sides continue to grapple over the presence of offset language in the four-year deal, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations.

For weeks, the players taken with the top eight selections have held out for fully-guaranteed four-year contracts, undiminished by any money earned with other teams, if the players are cut at some point during their first four seasons in the league.  The teams want any unpaid wages to be offset by compensation received by the players elsewhere in the NFL, in the event they are released.

The ninth player taken in the 2012 draft — Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly — received a fully-guaranteed contract containing no offset language.  Kuechly is represented by CAA, as is Griffin and three of the other players taken with the first eight picks.

For the Redskins, who gave up a total of three first-round picks and a second-round pick to move from No. 6 to No. 2 to get Griffin, fully guaranteeing his contract without offset language represents a small price to pay to close the deal.  Especially since it’s highly unlikely that the Redskins would pull the plug on Griffin’s contract at any point in the next four seasons.

Until that issue is resolved, Griffin’s career won’t officially begin.  Thus, at some point, someone will have to blink.

20 responses to “‘Skins, Griffin still haggling over offset language

  1. Doesn’t exactly suggest a high level of confidence by the Skins.

    If this kid is with another team within the next four years, what he’s paid would be the least of their worries…

  2. Well, at least as big a tool as Snyder is, he’s not tweeting about it, and making an idiot of himself…. You almost wonder if Irsay is just playing games at this point, because we all know that everyone else is waiting to see what luck is going to get… The only people I feel sorry for is the fans of the DMV, they still are in total denial that RGIII is going to be a complete bust.. But as the redskins claim, they really would have taken RGIII with the first overall pick….. Wink wink!!

  3. Semantics is all this is. They will agree to terms and they will dominate the league for the next 15 years. There is nothing you can do but like it and accept it.

  4. balewsquare says:Jul 14, 2012 10:48 PM

    “If the 9th pick got a fully guaranteed, why wouldn’t the #3 pick?”
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    So you believe Trent Richardson should be fully guaranteed, what about Griffin?

  5. Ok, seriously, you guys can stop now…. Give him whatever he wants? Skins fans are so desperate to become relevant once again. You guys and your cute little HTTR, with a little hashtag in front of it.. Aw, you guys will finish dead last in the division again. You might be lucky to win 3-4 games this year

  6. lostsok says:
    Jul 14, 2012 10:54 PM
    Doesn’t exactly suggest a high level of confidence by the Skins.

    If this kid is with another team within the next four years, what he’s paid would be the least of their worries…

     What a dumb comment. I guess the saints didn’t have a high level of confidence in drew brees until this week. Your logic makes no sense. This is called negotiating.

  7. I hear he was playing at the high limit blackjack tables in charles town, wv the other night. Maybe he won enough to hold out a couple weeks and skip some practices.

  8. coltsluckdynasty says:
    Jul 14, 2012 11:43 PM
    Ok, seriously, you guys can stop now…. Give him whatever he wants? Skins fans are so desperate to become relevant once again. You guys and your cute little HTTR, with a little hashtag in front of it.. Aw, you guys will finish dead last in the division again. You might be lucky to win 3-4 games this year

     Yeah coming from the juggernaut team the colts! Lol your teams relevance is now in Denver. Prepare to return to the paper bag days prior to Manning troll.

  9. Was this not addressed in the CBA to make the process of signing rookies much easier?? Both Luck and Griffin should get fully guaranteed deals. Hell, we gave up 3 yrs to draft RG3 I hope we plan on keeping him around for at least 4.

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