Last season, the Miami Dolphins insisted on an insurance policy when it came time to get their number-one draft pick signed. They had spent the number-eight overall selection on a quarterback that not everyone was sold on. They wanted to be sure they did not get burned in the deal, so they insisted on a specific clause within the contract, one that would guarantee them that if their pick were to be released, they would not have to pay him if he signed with another team.
Dolphins’ fans became very acquainted with the phrase “offset language” over the summer months. When the HBO cameras started filming the Miami training camp, Ryan Tannehill was nowhere to be found.
It didn’t take too long before Tannehill decided that he would rather be on the field with his team, than be haggling over the wording of his contract. So he signed the deal, offset language and all.
Now, here we are, a year removed from that situation, and the Miami Dolphins Rumors are heating up over the possibility of the Dolphins seeking the same language for Dion Jordan, their first-round selection from last month’s draft.
Mike Florio, of Pro Football Talk, points to “league insiders” who believe the Dolphins may try to stick Jordan with the same type of contract. This would be a very bad thing for the Dolphins defense; especially considering the fact that defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has yet to decide exactly how he is going to use the pass rushing defensive end.
If the Dolphins do push for the offset language, and Jordan balks, he will lose precious time on the field. For a team with very high hopes for the season, this would be extremely counterproductive.
There are those who point out that the two first-round draft choices are very different, with completely different circumstances. But are they really so different? Yes, the Dolphins did trade up from the 12th spot to get Jordan third overall, but that does not make him any less of a risk than Tannehill was the year before. In fact, the deal they got from the Oakland Raiders made the trade up a no-brainer. As soon as the excitement wore off, all we have heard is how Jordan needs to gain more weight, and that he is rehabbing from a recent shoulder surgery.
This sounds like a couple of solid reasons for the Dolphins to include the offset language in the contract. They would be smart to hedge their bets, and Jordan should have no problem signing. After all, the offset language means absolutely nothing unless the player turns out to be a rookie season bust, gets released by the team that drafted him and another team signs him. Why should Jordan be worried about that?
Jeff Everette covers the NFL, specifically the Miami Dolphins, for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jeverettesports, “like” his page on Facebook, “Trust” him on Sulia, or join his circles on Google+.