Originally posted on Phins Phocus  |  Last updated 7/25/12





Just as training camp is supposed to start, the Miami Dolphins have three players unsigned: QB Ryan Tannehill, DE Olivier Vernon, and TE Michael Egnew.  While the Miami Dolphins enter camp this week, these three rookies could be looking at a delay of joining their teammates; critical time could be missed by promising 1st round pick Ryan Tannehill who is expected to compete with quarterbacks David Garrard and Matt Moore. 

So what exactly is the holdup?  For starters, when the new CBA was drafted and then ratified, the owners and players agreed upon specific language that would make 1st round picks have four year deals with a fifth year option, but that these contracts contain what is called offset language or the team having the option of paying a final option bonus in the fifth year in March. The kicker is the option bonus is paid and "guaranteed" even in the event of injury. 

To the Dolphins, this is a new development, but not entirely new on how they have conducted their business.  Dawn Aponte (she's the Dolphins Capologist)  is said to have wanted this option in the contract of Ryan Tannehill according to a report late last week by Mike Florio of PFT.  However, if you look at the history, this is nothing new.  Remember that Ronnie Brown signed a 4 year deal as the 2nd pick of the 2005 draft, but what not everyone knows is that Ronnie Brown protected himself by having his agent negotiate an option for a 5th year with the Dolphins.  Ronnie Brown did not arrive to camp on time and thus it made it a bit difficult to see him excel in a positive fashion in his first year with Nick Saban.  However, Ronnie Brown tore his ACL  and had a Lisfranc fracture during his time with the Dolphins.  His last year?  A horrible year statistically scoring touchdowns, but he established himself a contract year with that option and coming off an injury, if he did not have that 5th year?  He would not get many looks given a difficult and grueling injury and runningbacks don't have a lasting affect on most GMs in the NFL because of the pounding most take in years 1 through 3.  In fact, without that year, Ronnie Brown could have seen himself out of the league. 

For Tannehill, the Dolphins want this language for another reason...money.  According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, there is a chance that when a team cuts player X  from their team and was owed 2 million and then cut and then signed by a new team for 2 million, the original team saves 2 million dollars even though it is a guaranteed salary.  It's like the original team washes their hands of the money owed. 

So let's assume that Jeff Ireland and all responsible parties are in talks with Tannehill's agents and that he will be in camp by Thursday.  Should his contract haveoffset language then as fans, we know that the Dolphins won the negotiation.  Why would Tannehill's representatives not be in favor of the option year? Let's just say that Tannehill has his best year in year 4, wouldn't he want to sign for more money or sign elsewhere?   The inverse is true, Tannehill has 3 bad seasons in Miami and wants out in year 4 of the contract...Miami can get back money lost if he signs with a new team.

Keep in mind, no teams in the first round are including offset language even though they have every right to do so.  Where does that leave the Dolphins three rookies...as of this date unsigned and chomping at the bit to sign that 45 page document called a contract!

Just last week, both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III signed new rookie deals and each contract contains no offset language.  Let's go Dolphins the clock is ticking!

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Joel Embiid calls minutes restriction ‘f—ing bulls—‘

LeBron would ‘love’ to be in NBA long enough to play against eldest son

Report: Meeting between NFL owners, players on anthem was very positive

Alex Smith calls Mike Mitchell hit ‘about as flagrant as it gets’

Chris Paul criticizes Clippers' culture, says he had ball too much

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ben Roethlisberger takes shot at reporter over Martavis Bryant rumor

Kyrie Irving will never divulge why he left Cavs: ‘That’s not what grown-ups do’

Isaiah Thomas clarifies talk about never speaking to Danny Ainge again

Jared Goff sets up fundraiser to help those impacted by California wildfires

NFL, NFLPA release joint statement after anthem meeting

Ezekiel Elliott loses latest appeal, remains suspended

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

Tale of the Tape: National League Championship Series

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House looms large over sports world for another week

The 'A butcher, a Baker, a touchdown maker' quiz

Tale of the tape: American League Championship Series

What's trending up, down so far in the NFL

Three Up, Three Down: Divisional Series brings both luck and heartbreak

The 'Adrian Peterson hopes to rise from the ashes in Phoenix' quiz

College football 2017 Week 7 predictions

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

Tale of the Tape: National League Championship Series

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House looms large over sports world for another week

The 'A butcher, a Baker, a touchdown maker' quiz

Tale of the tape: American League Championship Series

Three Up, Three Down: Divisional Series brings both luck and heartbreak

The 'Adrian Peterson hopes to rise from the ashes in Phoenix' quiz

What's trending up, down so far in the NFL

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker