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Philadelphia Eagles first round draft pick Lane Johnson still remains unsigned. With the rookie wage scale in place since the new CBA in 2011, the drama surrounding rookie contracts has become a thing of the past.
The length of the contracts are set and for the most part, the financial parameters of rookie deals are pre-determined with minimal room for negotiation. The No. 2 and No. 5 overall picks have already signed their deal as well, so logically Johnson’s deal will be somewhere in between.
Therefore, what is holding things up?
If there is a problem, it could be with what’s called “offset language.”
Offset language refers to a clause in the contract that, if a player is released before their contract expires, it allows the team to reduce the guaranteed money owed to the player equal to the amount of his new deal with another team.
For example, let’s say there is offset language in Johnson’s contract and the Eagles release him after three seasons but still o...