Recently a new term has been introduced to football fans: offset language. What is that you ask? It’s a fancy-schmancy contract thingie that agents are trying to keep out of rookie deals but teams want in there so they can cover themselves on the guaranteed money front in the latter years of these CBA-mandated 4-year-with-a-5th-year-option contracts. It’s all too much for my brain. All I know is, agents and teams have been fighting over this stuff for weeks, which is why most of the top picks from this year remained unsigned, including Matt Kalil the #4 overall pick.
But now all that fighting appears to be over. On Wednesday #2 pick Robert Griffin III signed a deal with the Redskins and there is no offset language. This will presumably set a precedent that is followed by the remaining teams when negotiating with their picks. So we should probably expect a Matt Kalil deal to be done in the next few days, also without offset language. Case you’re wondering, Griffin’s deal is fully guaranteed for four years at $21 million and change with a $13.8 million signing bonus. Not bad for a guy who hasn’t thrown a single pass.