The Miami Dolphins are starting the numbers game. After it became public knowledge that Jake Long was in contract negotiations, today we learn that the Phins are talking with DT Vernon Gholston as well and will soon begin contract talks with Chris Long as well.
This is normal operation in the NFL. By using the 3 against each other, the price can be somewhat driven down. In the case of Gholston, a reduced number 1 figure would still be a raise from his projected slot of 5-7. The Phins would like to have their pick signed by the draft, if they intend to make the pick.
So what does all this mean now? Not much. But as long as Miami is talking to multiple parties then the price stays a little lower than it could be. Another option having a contract in place is, it opens up the options for trade talks for that player. Teams will be more willing to move up when they know how much that player is going to be payed. Miami does the work, then allows another team to trade up. It still is not a guarantee but it is a good possibility that the phones could begin to ring.
The Dolphins are the only team allowed to discuss contracts with draft prospects at this time.