After plenty of drama between the two parties, the St. Louis Rams and cornerback Janoris Jenkins have finally come to an agreement on the terms of a contract. The two sides had a plethora of debate going back and forth over the past few weeks over certain provisions in the deal ranging from who would manage Jenkins’ money to how much of the contract would actually be guaranteed.
In the end, the deal agreed upon is for 4 years, $5 million with $3.1 million in guaranteed money. The Rams eventually gave in as they didn’t get any of the contract safeguards that they had hoped for during the negotiations. What the team had wanted was to pay out Jenkins’ bonus money in a pro-rated fashion during the length of the deal. That was clearly out of the question for both Jenkins and his agent who ultimately got their way.
Where much of the discussion lies now with Jenkins is how he performs on the field and whether or not he can keep himself in line off of it. The corner has plenty of game and some believe he will turn out to be the best defensive back in this draft class if he can put his off-field issues behind him.
The Rams have to be excited about the prospect of starting Cortland Finnegan on one side and Jenkins on the other at corner. That combination has the potential to be one of the league’s best over the coming years and in a game becoming more and more about passing, stopping the aerial attack has never been more important.
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