Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and the other seven players taken with the first eight picks of the NFL draft have yet to agree to their rookie contracts. But roughly six weeks before the start of training camp, Griffin said he isn’t worried that slow negotiations will force him to hold out.
But Griffin and Coach Mike Shanahan dismissed any concerns that negotiations will drag on for a lengthy period of time.
“I don’t worry about it. I don’t think it’s something that will be an issue,” Griffin said. “I did talk to my agent last week and he said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ All I’ve got to do, I’m here to play football. We’re going to make sure that happens.”
The new collective bargaining agreement reached last year includes guidelines on rookie pay based on where he was selected in the draft, a system designed to help eliminate holdouts. Griffin likely will sign a deal that looks something like the fully-guaranteed, four-year, $21 million contract that linebacker Von Miller signed with Denver in 2011. And Griffin likely will receive a signing bonus close to $14 million. It is believed that Andrew Luck, who remains in negotiations with the Indianapolis Colts, will sign a contract worth around $22 million.
Shanahan expects Luck’s deal to have a domino effect on the rest of the top rookie contracts. He said Griffin hasn’t allowed his contract status to cause any distractions.
“Those contracts will get done,” Shanahan said referring to the deals of Griffin and third-round guard Josh LeRibeus, who also has yet to sign. “Some of them just take a little longer than others, especially first round, second pick. Usually when the first guy gets signed, usually everything falls into order.”
This is the final week at Redskins Park for Griffin and his teammates, at least for a while. Then comes a five-week break, followed by training camp in late July. Rookies will report for workouts July 16th, Shanahan said, and veterans will return just more than a week later for the official start of training camp.
Griffin has found a home in Northern Virginia, but will be spending his break in Texas. He plans to get together with members of the Redskins’ receiving corps off and on to continue developing their chemistry.
Griffin is allowed to work out at Redskins Park even if he hasn’t signed, but will not be allowed to take the field for training camp until a deal is reached.