I don’t know how many times I have typed this sentence, but here it goes one more time: The Vikings always seem to be behind the rest of the league when it comes to signing their own free agents and their own draft classes.
I’ve also said before that we have no reason to worry about any holdouts now that the rookie wage scale is in place.
On one hand, it might appear as there is no reason to worry because the Vikings reportedly agreed to terms today with third round cornerback (and fastest man at the Combine) Josh Robinson. The deal, as usual, is for four years.
On the other hand, however, there is a growing sense that the Vikings are taking a firm stance on the issue of “offset language” in these rookie contracts so Matt Kalil’s contract remains to be finalized with training camp beginning tomorrow.
The offset clause being referenced has to do with how the contract is handled should the player be cut prior to the contract expiring and then have the player sign with another team. The Vikings want the contract to be worded in such a way that any money they still owe the player is offset by the new contract awarded. The players, of course, would rather see themselves in a situation where they are being paid by two teams for a year or two in the event that they are cut by the team that drafted them.
Rick Spielman has indicated that he is confident that Kalil’s deal will be done without any major hiccups.
Here is hoping he is correct.