So we’ve been trying to figure out why it is that Saints cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, the 14th pick in the 2009 draft, is still a holdout, given that the 13th overall pick (Brian Orakpo) and the 15th overall pick (Brian Cushing) have signed contracts — and given that both players are represented by CAA, the same firm that represents Jenkins.
And then it hit us, thanks to a question we received on Twitter as to the apparent absence of six-year deals at the top of the 2009 draft.
Two years ago, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis finagled what essentially amounts to a four-year deal with a two-year buyback that would pay him $16 million guaranteed.
And Revis was the 14th pick in the draft.
Last year, the 14th selection (Bears tackle Chris Williams) didn’t press for the same structure. But we’ve got a feeling that, since Jenkins and Revis play the same position, CAA will try to get the same kind of deal for Jenkins.
Anyway, it’s all speculation. But it’s somewhat informed speculation, and we’ll leave it to the real journalists to find out whether it’s accurate. (We know how much they like it when their editors forward one of our stories to them with a direction to confirm or debunk it.)