It will become a big deal if Johnson isn't signed by the start of training camp. Chip Kelly is trying to implement his new system and he needs to have all hands on deck, especially a guy who figures to compete for the starting right tackle job.
Apparently, the two sides are not far apart as the new CBA has "rookie slots" which determine how much each player will be paid but they differ on one major area - offset language.
Offset language is a touchy issue and the only top-9 selection in 2012 who signed a deal with offset language was Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, the eighth overall pick. But what is it? ProFootballTalk explains,
It continues to be a trivial issue, but still one of the few terms about which there can be negotiation given the new rookie wage scale. The contracts at the top of the draft are fully guaranteed. In the unlikely event that the player is cut before the end of the contract and pass through waivers unclaimed, the players hope to keep the full value of the contract plus whatever they get as free agents elsewhere. The teams want credit for whatever the player earns from a new team for the balance of the four-year deal.
I have a tough time believing that Johnson will be a bust to the point where they have to cut him, not even trade him, before his rookie contract expires. With all that said, I understand the Eagles side looking for some sort of insurance. I want the offset language in the contract but, at the end of the day, I personally don't care if he gets the offset language or not - I just want him in camp on time.
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