Sam Darnold, Roquan Smith are the only remaining unsigned rookies

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As training camps open, rookies across the league are getting their deals done — with only two exceptions.

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft) and Bears linebacker Roquan Smith (the eighth overall pick) are the only remaining unsigned rookies.

For the Jets and Darnold, any delay in getting him to work could make a difference in how soon he’s ready to take over the starting job. Josh McCown is the starter for now, but Darnold starting as a rookie seems to be more a question of “when” than “if.” Missing time in the summer could push the when back further in the fall.

The Bears opened their training camp earlier than other teams because the Bears are in the Hall of Fame Game, and Smith has already missed 10 days of camp. He’s obviously behind his fellow Chicago rookies now.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement mandates that Darnold will get a four-year, $30.5 million guaranteed contract with a fifth-year team option, and Smith will get a four-year, $18.6 million guaranteed contract with a fifth-year team option. The issue in both cases is likely whether there will be offset language to allow the players to get paid simultaneously by their old teams and a new team, in the unlikely event that they get cut by the teams that drafted them and then sign with another team.

30 responses to “Sam Darnold, Roquan Smith are the only remaining unsigned rookies

  1. If you thought highly enough of a QB to draft him at 2, don’t worry about the offset language. You’ve got to give him 4 years anyway. And that’s journeyman backup QB anyway. Look what top 5 QBs have done the last 5 years. Theyre better prepared for the NFL these days. Sign the contract, and commit to him.

    Just another reason the Jets are the Jets.

  2. I’m so sick and tired of these 20-something punks balking at lifetime fortunes, while their college classmates enter the workforce hoping to make enough to pay off their student loans.

    Disgusting.

  3. If a team’s scouts AND coaches “miss” on a top 10 pick AND feel the team is better if he’s cut that’s what they should do. Once his a$$ is out of the locker room their team is better, so why should they care if another team signs him? No contracts should have offset language in contracts, worry about the guys on YOUR OWN team, not other teams.

  4. Darnold sure had everybody fooled. “Oh, I’ll play anywhere in any weather, blah, blah, blah…”. He won’t even get off the bench this year, and as a 3rd string QB, he may not even be active for games. Jets with another bust pick this year.

  5. If a team’s scouts AND coaches “miss” on a top 10 pick AND feel the team is better if he’s cut that’s what they should do. Once his a$$ is out of the locker room their team is better, so why should they care if another team signs him? No contracts should have offset language in contracts, worry about the guys on YOUR OWN team, not other teams.

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    Offset language means that the team that drafted the player would not have to continue paying the balance of the contract if they cut him and another team signs him.

    Therefore, for the drafting team, they want that language to ensure they aren’t paying money to a player no longer on their roster who is also banking salary from another team.

    i.e. Double dipping

  6. If you take a player in the top 10, you should agree to the offset language or at least come to a quick compromise. Darnold isn’t late to camp yet, or barely is, so it’s not that big of a deal…

    Roquan is another story. The Bears are notoriously cheap, just like the Chargers who did this to Bosa a few years ago.

  7. Hey Darnold, you keep reminding me of Brady Quinn.

    -Overrated player at a big, glitzy over-hyped college program.
    -Rarely had the shine in big games – looked over-matched in games against NFL caliber players.
    -Went too high in the draft.
    -Held out before camp – on his rookie deal.
    -Looks like a meathead.

    -Although Darnold can probably catch up and beat out McCown unlike Quinn who lost a training camp battle to Derek Anderson.

    But I keep seeing the overlaps. “Now I’m Done.”

  8. Interesting. Who seems more mature now? Darnold who won’t sign a contract for fear if he gets released and signs with another team his new salary will be offset from his old salary from the Jets? Or Baker Mayfield who reportedly told his agent to accept offset language so he wouldn’t miss any of training camp?

  9. saaladin says:
    July 26, 2018 at 9:28 am
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    Offset language means that the team that drafted the player would not have to continue paying the balance of the contract if they cut him and another team signs him.

    Therefore, for the drafting team, they want that language to ensure they aren’t paying money to a player no longer on their roster who is also banking salary from another team. i.e. Double dipping

    I know how “offset language” works…my point was if the drafting team “misses” on their high-1st-rounder and cuts him (making the team better by omission) they should stay on-the-hook for whatever they owe him. If team B can turn player into an NFL player then it’s the drafting team’s fault for not being able to coach-up the kid.

  10. Roquan is another story. The Bears are notoriously cheap, just like the Chargers who did this to Bosa a few years ago.
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    Being cheap has nothing to do with this, he gets the same amount of $$$ regardless of where he goes … maybe the Ghosts of Butkus, Urlacher and many, many more is too much for him to deal with?

  11. SBLIIChampionEagles says:
    July 26, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Just another reason the Jets are the Jets.
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    LOL “Jets are the Jets” coming from an Eagles fan is just far too funny. So what you finally won a ring so you get to call other teams out?

    Eagles are the Eagles was a thing for decades.

  12. Darnold is just being obstinate. Smith on the other hand just doesn’t want to play for the bears. Smith will take his chances on reentering the draft next year and lose money. Big mistake.

  13. superfanentertainment says:
    July 26, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    Roquan has no leverage. His pre-Madonna ass can sit out for all I care.

    Bears were a top 10 defense last season without him.

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    I think what you meant to say was Chicago was about 10-11 last year in defense. Let’s not overstate that at all.

  14. thefappingbearcutler clearly has an unhealthy obsession with Bear’s articles. It’s absolutely hilarious, yet sad for the little fella that the Bears bother him enough to post non-sense and hatred on an hourly basis. We understand the Bears live rent free in your head, but you should seek medical attention for your disability.

  15. I don’t understand why everyone says just bend to the offset language. I don’t understand why a player gets an opportunity to get two paychecks. I wish I had this!

  16. The Bosa thing wasnt about offsets, the Chargers were trying to hold onto most of his signing bonus for another year, costing him a bunch of money in interest. They really had no rationale for it, and no other teams did that to their first round picks.

  17. thefappingbearcutler says:
    July 26, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Yet, another reason why the Bears will be in last place in the NFCN. But but Trubisky!!! Has proven nothing. Down vote all you want but I am correct!

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    Roquan Smith hasn’t even played a game for the Bears and there has never been an issue signing draft picks for the Bears in recent years. This statement is miss-leading and confusing. What exactly is your problem with the Bears, why so much hate?

  18. LVMF says:
    July 26, 2018 at 11:28 am
    Roquan is another story. The Bears are notoriously cheap, just like the Chargers who did this to Bosa a few years ago.
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    Being cheap has nothing to do with this, he gets the same amount of $$$ regardless of where he goes … maybe the Ghosts of Butkus, Urlacher and many, many more is too much for him to deal with?
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    The Bears are hardly cheap. They are typically one of the Top 15 spenders in the league, popping in and out of the Top 10. What they don’t always do is spend their money intelligently.

  19. No, LVMF doesn’t say that, this cat did …

    NinersFan1973 says:
    July 26, 2018 at 9:35 am
    If you take a player in the top 10, you should agree to the offset language or at least come to a quick compromise. Darnold isn’t late to camp yet, or barely is, so it’s not that big of a deal…

    Roquan is another story. The Bears are notoriously cheap, just like the Chargers who did this to Bosa a few years ago.

  20. “Roquan has no leverage. His pre-Madonna ass can sit out for all I care.”

    It’s “prima donna,” and whats funny is that you thought about it and then wrote what you wrote while obviously having no idea what it even means.

    Pre-Madonna. Wow. Thanks for the laughs, dumb guy.

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