It’s unusual for a team to have its first-round pick under contract before training camp starts, but to have its second-round choice poised for a holdout.
Still, a holdout looks to be a reality for quarterback Pat White, Miami’s second-round pick in the 2009 draft. First-round cornerback Vontae Davis already has agreed to terms.
The problem in White’s case, as we understand it based on the information we’ve gleaned, is that White has been offered the same incentives that the standard second-round quarterback would be offered.
But White isn’t a standard second-round quarterback. He was drafted one year after another second-round quarterback, Chad Henne, and it’s likely that White’s role will be anything but that of the standard second-round quarterback.
As a result, White’s camp is believed to be looking for incentives that are more closely tied to the role that he is expected to be playing in Miami — a part-time jack-of-some-trades who’ll line up under center in the Wildcat package.
The request almost concedes that White won’t wrest the long-term starting job from Henne. Or maybe the goal is to protect White against a situation in which he has a significant role in the Miami offense, but that the stats he generates would never satisfy the numbers necessary to get a non-traditional quarterback paid properly for success.
Regardless, it’ll be harder to White to have as much success as he possibly could if he’s not in camp from day one, and so it’s in both the player’s and the team’s interests to quickly come up with a formula to pay White a fair wage if he has the intended impact in Miami.