Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/20/12

The signings of quarterbacks and top two draft choices Andrew Luck of Indianapolis and Washington's Robert Griffin III on consecutive days this week, with neither deal including the so-called "offset language" that was the primary reason for the gridlock at the top of the first round, has prompted the general feeling that the logjam in the stanza will now be broken.

That will probably the case -- eventually -- but it's not yet a slam-dunk.

The next six first rounders, picks No. 3 through No. 8, were still without contracts as of midday Friday.

There remained some reluctance from teams with players in those slots to follow the precedents of the Luck and Griffin contracts, and to exclude the offset provisions, and not all of the clubs are prepared yet to fall into lock-step with the Colts and Redskins.

Miami, for instance, which chose the third quarterback off the board, Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall spot, has yet to propose a deal minus the offset arrangement, which provides a team some salary and cap relief if it releases a player and he signs with another team.

And there is this potential hold-up as well: A few agents with unsigned first-rounders actually feel, without saying so publicly, that some league-level executives are quietly suggesting to clubs that they hold firm for now on their insistence that the offset language be included in the contracts.

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