|It's time for RGIII to get off the bench and go to work. (Gatorade)|
For Redskins fans who might have been bummed out that their new franchise quarterback had missed the first two days of rookie training camp because he had hadn't signed his rookie deal, this tweet Wednesday morning probably made them feel better.
Well people....It's Time to go to Work!!!Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!!— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) July 18, 2012
The meaning of that? Robert Griffin III has signed his rookie contract and is off to training camp. According to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora, Griffin's deal is worth between $21,119,098 million over four years and is fully guaranteed. The team has the option for a fifth year. Last year's No. 2 pick, Von Miller, signed a four-year deal worth $21 million.
As USA Today wrote Tuesday, 14 of the 32 first-round picks remain unsigned. Well, now 13 because of RGIII. Though Griffin is only the first of the top-eight picks to sign, it seems obvious that now the rest of the top picks can look at Griffin's contract, and use that as a template to move forward.
As La Canfora explains, one reason for the delay is due to offset language in contracts. If teams forgo that language -- as the Redskins did in this case -- that means a player, if he's released, still would earn all the money he was originally due from the team that drafted him while still being allowed to earn a salary from whichever new organization were to sign him.
"The process has clearly been smoother. Last year was smooth, and this year the waters have calmed even more," said Neil Cornrich, who represents No. 23 pick Riley Reiff (still unsigned). "I think it's good for the players and good for the teams to have the deal done earlier. It grows their relationship rather than having to beat each other up."