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Posted by Mike Florio
Over the weekend, we explained that folks in league circles are keeping an eye on the looming negotiations between the Dolphins and defensive end Dion Jordan, anticipating a squabble over offsets.
Even though the Dolphins moved from No. 12 to No. 3 to select Jordan, it’s believed that the Dolphins will continue their trend of insisting on the placement of offset language in deals that provide guaranteed money to the player.
One source with direct knowledge of the situation says that a “dogfight” is coming on the issue between the Dolphins and Jordan.
Five years ago, I would have cringed a little over the use of the term “dogfight.” But that’s what the source said, which shows how time tends to take the stink out of a term that went from being a perfectly acceptable sports cliché to having a taint.
(And, yes, Beavis. I said taint.)
Last year, quarterback Ryan Tannehill missed part of training camp over the issue. It remains to be seen whether and to what extend Jordan digs in if/when the Dolphins insist on the use of offset language, which simply means that Jordan won’t be able to double dip if he’s cut during his four-year contract and signs elsewhere.
At some point, the player surely will blink, since the alternative is to sit out the entire season and re-enter the draft. And not play in 2013, and not get paid.