Offsets an issue for Jets and Milliner, too

AP

Add another player to the list of high first-round picks who’s being squeezed to put offset language in his rookie deal.

Per a league source with knowledge of the negotiations, the Jets and cornerback Dee Milliner, the ninth pick in the 2013 draft, are haggling over offset language.

In the grand scheme of things, it shouldn’t be an issue, since very few top-10 picks fail to spend four years with the team that drafted them.  But when the time comes to roll up sleeves and justify existences, teams and agents for players taken at the top of round one have decided to make an issue out of so-called offset language.

For the players in the top 10 of the draft, the entire amount of the contract is guaranteed.  With offset language in the deal, the team would receive credit for any money the player earns with another team, if he’s cut during the four years of his rookie deal.  Without offset language, the player gets the ability to double dip, keeping the full value of the four-year deal if he’s cut along with any other pay received from another team.

In 2011, the only player in the top 10 who avoided offset language was Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.  Last year, the first seven players taken (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Matt Kalil, Justin Blackmon, Morris Claiborne, and Mark Barron) avoided offset language.  The Dolphins insisted on, and obtained, offset language for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the eighth overall selection.  The Panthers agreed to remove offset language from linebacker Luke Kuechly’s deal at No. 9.

In 2013, the bag in the top 10 has been more mixed.  Luke Joeckel (No. 2), Ziggy Ansah (No. 5), and Tavon Austin (No. 8) have avoided offset language.  Dion Jordan (No. 3), Lane Johnson (No. 4), and Barkevious Mingo (No. 6) haven’t.  Eric Fisher (No. 1), Milliner, and Chance Warmack (No. 10) and their teams (the Chiefs, Jets, and Titans) are pushing and pulling on the issue.

No, it doesn’t mean much.  But in an era where there’s little to debate in top-10 deals, it’s providing fuel for possible holdouts and/or acrimony at the outset of the relationship.

15 responses to “Offsets an issue for Jets and Milliner, too

  1. How bout that.. Revis is gone and the Jets are still having contract issues with a cornerback.. Oh, the irony.

  2. Won’t matter. They will still suck with Rex and Sanchez there. Jets fans should stop supporting this team till they are gone.

  3. This isn’t contract issues, every team in the top 15-20 are having these discussions with the players agents about offsets. Either you haven’t been paying attention and therefor shouldn’t comment at all.. or you just feel the need to bash the Jets and you sound dumb while doing it.

  4. Can you imagine what it must have felt like to be drafted by the Jets. I’ll bet Dee wished something better had happened…like being kicked in the nards by Jason Statham.

  5. Well you can thank De. Smith for this one. These players at the top of the draft got screwed over in the last labor agreement. They are making half the guaranteed money the guys before them got. And they want offset language in case they messed up drafting you. Somebody has to take a stand!

  6. I agree that offset language doesn’t mean much. It means even less with the deals that were made in the last couple of days.

    What they’ve done is move more money into the signing bonus and they are paying the bonus up front. This leaves the actual salaries lower, close to the minimum.

    The offset only applies to the remainder of salary, which will be a number not much higher than NFL minimum in some cases.

    So the offset the player will owe the team isn’t going to be large, even if the player gets a good contract from another team.

  7. If a player were to demand the chance to double dip and hold out to get it, and I were the GM, I’d cut him on the spot.

    It’s BS, they’re getting millions already to play a GAME, take the money your greedy B@st@rds!

  8. Milliner doesn’t want to be a jet. Can you blame him?

    He wants all he can get so when he bolts he’ll have something of value to remember.

  9. Have to worry about players who are afraid of offset language. Sign they are not committed to their profession.

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