NFL Rumors: Contract Dispute Between St. Louis Rams and Janoris Jenkins

By Jeff Shull

Janoris Jenkins went through a lot to get to the NFL. He was kicked off the Florida Gators due to many off-the-field problems and transferred to North Alabama, where he seemed to get his act together while dominating the FCS division. But he and the St. Louis Rams, who drafted him in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, are apparently squabbling over a contract. Jenkins remains unsigned.

The holdup is apparently due to a pre-draft agreement that Jenkins would hire a business manager that would help him stay in line off the field. This was something new head coach Jeff Fisher and Jenkins’ agent apparently agreed on. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports says this agreement is not valid under the new collective bargaining agreement.

“During April’s NFL draft, Fisher made Jenkins’ agent, Malik Shareef, promise that Jenkins would hire a business manager to help Jenkins navigate his personal issues, which include fathering four children with three women. There is a fourth woman who is claiming she has another child with Jenkins,” Cole said. “However, according to last year’s CBA, the pre-draft understanding between the Rams and Jenkins’ camp is not allowed and is ‘unheard of,’ according to an NFLPA source.”

Jenkins should figure to help drastically improve the Rams’ secondary, which also includes free agent Cortland Finnegan, who played with Fisher with the Tennessee Titans. If the Rams can get Jenkins signed, it will be a heavy weight lifted off both party’s shoulders.


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