One concern going into Miami Dolphins training camp was the contract dispute between Miami and their 2013 first round draft pick defensive end Dion Jordan from Oregon. That worry is now over because the Dolphins got a deal done in the nick of time.
Earlier today Miami was able to agree terms with the number three overall pick. This biggest hold up was the addition of offset language in discussions. (Offset language protects the team if they were to release the player before his rookie contract is up.) Last season the Dolphins were able to slip offset language into quarterback Ryan Tannehill‘s contract. He was the only player taken in the top nine to have it.
Miami was successful once again with getting offset language into their rookie’s contract–despite Jordan being taken five spots higher than Tannehill was. The two sides agreed to a four year deal and Foxsports.com reported that Jordan will receive more guaranteed money earlier in his contract for agreeing to the offset language. Though exact numbers have yet to be reported the Miami Herald estimates it to be around $20 million with $13 million guaranteed.
Now that Jordan will be on the field the Dolphins will have a good chance to evaluate their top rookie’s shoulder. Jordan had surgery in February to repair his torn labrum, an injury he played with throughout his senior season at Oregon.
The Dolphins now have all nine of their drafted rookies signed in time for training camp. Tomorrow will be the fist practice at camp and the signing of Jordan has just added to the intrigue of the next couple weeks.