With rookies schedule to report to camp on Monday, the Redskins top pick in the draft and their most important player remains unsigned.According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the holdup on a deal for Robert Griffin III is the same as it has been for quite some time nowoffset language.In case youve one of those fully sane individuals who has been spending your summer focusing on other things besides NFL player contract minutia, heres a quick explanation. The basic terms of Griffins contractfour years, a bit over 21 million in salary and signing bonusare set by the CBA and the deal will be fully guaranteed. In the highly unlikely event that the Redskins release before the contract is up, they want any unpaid guaranteed money to be offset by any money he might get in a contract with another team. Ben Dogra, Griffins agent, wants the Redskins to have to pay in full regardless of how much money Griffin might get from another team.If this disagreement strikes you as being similar to one of those old debates about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, you have a point. There is absolutely zero chance that the Redskins will release RG3 in the next four years so there is absolutely zero chance that the offsets will come into play.The Redskins know that and Dogra knows that. So why the holdup?Its about setting a precedent. Dogra wants to be able to tell future potential clients that he can get a deal done with no offset language. The Redskins want to establish that players they release wont be able to double dip and get paid in full by both them and another team.Up until now no harm has been done by the Redskins and Dogra having their debate over precedent and principle. But starting Monday morning Griffin, who in reality stands to gain or lose nothing in the offset debate, will start to miss time at Redskins Park.The standoff will end at some point. Maybe Griffin will pick up the phone, call Dogra, and tell him to take the deal thats on the table. Or the Redskins might blink, remove the offset language from the contract and deal with future issues down the road.The sooner the end game plays out and a deal gets done the better it is for the Redskins 2012 prospects, the success of RG3 as a rookie, and the nerves of Redskins fans everywhere.
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All around the DMV, people are searching for clues as to what the Redskins are going to do with Kirk Cousins.
Lines are being read between. Conclusions are being jumped to. Yet still, no one truly sees how the situation is going to play out — and that includes Cousins' teammates.
"No one outside of the front office knows what they're going to do at any time," defensive lineman A.J. Francis, who has a reserve/futures contract with Washington, told Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay in a recent #RedskinsTalk podcast.
"I've learned that through all the teams I've been on, crazy moves I've seen, whether it be who they let go, or who they sign back for how much, or who they drafted. You never know. And to say you think you have an idea about what's going to happen is wrong."
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There are only a few finite ways the Cousins dilemma can play out (this isn't an M. Night Shyamalan movie, after all). The Redskins can put the franchise tag on him again, they can look to hammer out an extension, they can let him walk or they can try and trade him.
But, for those hoping to get the scoop from someone who shared the locker room with the quarterback for parts of the last season, sorry to say, but he's got nothin'.
"It's all up to the two or three people that really have a say in the decision making process and they're going to come up with a decision whenever they want to and not a second before," Francis said.
Guess it's time to get back to playing interviews with Cousins in reverse to hear if a secret message is being glossed over, as the wait continues for some news to break between the two sides.
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