Robert Griffin III’s rookie contract will be completed soon.
As some of the top picks in this year’s draft class wait for number –one pick Andrew Luck to set the market, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III feels that his deal will get done by next week.
“I talked to my agent the other day, and he said they had been talking last week then took a break over the weekend, but from what I’ve heard I think it’s gonna get done,” Griffin said according to the Washington Post.
“I think my agent and the Redskins both know it’s paramount for me to be in camp on time, and I think they’re going to work towards that.”
While RG3 does acknowledge he would like to see what Luck does, his status apparently is not going to make or break his negotiation process.
“Everybody’s looking for leverage, being in a business like this,” Griffin said. “[But] there’s no leverage here. We need to make sure it happens and both sides need to agree. So I trust [that] the guys around me and the Skins will make sure that happens.”
“I’ll be in D.C. on Thursday. I will be there this Thursday, and hopefully by the 16th, I’ll be signed and ready to go,” Griffin said. “I have no objections — I’m not trying to hold out or make it seem like it’s not a big deal. It’s just [that] I’m not concerned about it, because I’m sure they’ll make it happen.”
This situation is the end result of the new CBA which enforces the parameters of rookie deals.
For all of the strife that last year’s lockout caused, the streamlining of the rookie process is perhaps the best thing to come out of that entire mess.
So while Griffin II won’t get the dollars that Rams QB Sam Bradford got at the high end of rookie salaries, he will still be playing with a four-year deal that will probably dole him out $21 million in guaranteed money with a $14 million dollar signing bonus.