NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans announced Monday they’ve agreed to terms with second-round receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. That means they’ve signed all but No. 2 pick Marcus Mariota, their new quarterback, and third-round offensive lineman Jeremiah Poutasi.
Camp doesn’t open until the last week of July and whether a rookie is under contract doesn’t matter until then.
I field a ton of questions about why Mariota has not been signed yet. To which I say I don’t know but it doesn’t really matter right now given how much time they have.
So while rookie holdouts generally serve no purpose in today’s NFL, the Titans have had two of them in the four years since the new CBA that created slotted contracts.
So I see the basis for some fan concern.
For Warmack, the issue was offset language. He ultimately accepted it, which means if he’s cut during the life of his rookie contract and signs elsewhere, the Titans will be discounted whatever he makes from a new team off of what they still have to pay him. (Wright's holdup was over total guarantees.)
That’s really about the only thing left to haggle over on NFL rookie contracts, which have been slotted to draft position in the new CBA, which went into effect in 2011.
No. 1 pick Jameis Winston has offset language in his deal with Tampa Bay. No. 3 pick Dante Fowler doesn’t have it in his deal with Jacksonville.
Players don’t want it -- because not having it means you can maximize your earnings if you flop with the team that drafted you. Teams do want it -- it’s a degree of financial insurance if the guy they drafted flops.
Mariota shouldn’t care so much about being able to double dip if he’s elsewhere in the next four years because he should absolutely believe he will be entrenched as the Titans’ starter.
The Titans shouldn’t care so much about him being able to double dip because they should absolutely believe they made the right choice and Mariota will be entrenched as their starter.
Haggling over it is preparation for a doomsday scenario, I understand. And both sides have to consider it because it’s part of the job.
We don’t know how much the sides have even talked, and the deadline is miles away.
It’s far too early to worry that the new face of the Titans won’t be taking the first snap of camp.