The pitchers and catchers of pro football, rookies are typically the first to show up for training camp. In D.C., they’re showing up, with one fairly major exception.
Griffin has said that he wants to have a deal in place by Monday. One of the impediments has been the inclusion of offset language, which would reduce his guaranteed money in the unlikely event he gets released at some point in the next four years and signs with another NFL team.
There’s no reason for the Redskins to refuse to guarantee the full amount of the contract. Given what Griffin means to the team, they’re highly unlikely to dump him without giving him four years to become the best quarterback they’ve had in at least 27.
Some are starting to wonder whether the teams are colluding on this point. If they are, the Carolina Panthers didn’t get the memo. Or, perhaps more accurately, they signed No. 9 pick Luke Kuechly before the memo went out.