Dion Jordan’s was selected number three overall in the NFL draft this past month and it seems only fitting that he will make big money. The fact that the Miami Dolphins traded up to get him would seem to indicate that he’s someone they think is going to help them define the direction they want to take their franchise.
Presented with these specifics, it appears as the obvious that Jordan’s first contract means big money, and a large sum of the money guarantee..
The Detroit Lions provided the number five overall pick Ziggy Ansah on Friday with a big guaranteed deal, it would only make sense that Jordan would receive the same treatment being that he was the 3rd overall selection in the NFL draft.
In, recent history this indicates this is not completely true. Some franchises choose to put offset language into their players’ contracts to protect some of their financial investment in case the player signs elsewhere after being cut.
Last season, Miami took Quarterback Ryan Tannenhill with the eighth pick in the draft. Luke Kuechly the ninth pick in last years’ draft received a fully guaranteed contract with no offsetting language, Tannenbaum’s contract did contain offsetting language.
There’s some speculation this may present some barriers in contract negotiations with Jordan. Historically, however, the problem of an offsetting condition in a contract only becomes an issue if the player becomes a bust, gets cut, then signs elsewhere.
When this happens, money that would otherwise be guaranteed from the organization to the player is no longer guaranteed and the player is only able to receive compensation from the team that he signs with. As a brief example, if Jordan is guaranteed $5 million in his final season, but is cut then signs elsewhere for $2 million, the offsetting terms in the contract will reduce or eliminate Miami’s obligation to pay that money to Jordan.
Clearly Miami stuck to their guns last year and got Tannenhill to agree to a contract that included the offset terms. Whether Miami insists on the same terms with Jordan, and whether or not he will agree to them, will be something that becomes revealed when Jordan and his agent sit down with the Dolphins’ brass to talk about the contract terms.
It’s clear the Dolphins received the man they desired when they traded up to get Jordan. The only question is whether or not they will insist on protecting against the possibility of Jordan being cut and signing elsewhere, or whether Jordan and his agent is able to leverage Miami’s move into a situation where the contract is fully guaranteed with no offset terms.
Ultimately, the Dolphins are investing in a player they believe will help define their team on the football field. Regardless of whether there are any offset term conditions in the contract expect Jordan's to be lucrative.