May 23, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) catches a ball during an OTA at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
Apparently, there is a new hiccup in the Janoris Jenkins contract situation. A couple of weeks ago, Jason Cole from Yahoo Sports, said that the Rams and 2nd round pick Janoris Jenkins was at odds in contract negotiations, because the Rams wanted Jenkins to use a financial adviser that Jeff Fisher has worked with in the past.
But there's no reason to have a financial adviser if you don't have all that money in the bank, I mean if you can't agree on the signing bonus, right? Here is a quote from Cole, about a new development in the Jenkins contract saga.
The Rams have borrowed on a theme from numerous other contract negotiations by asking for safeguards in Jenkins' rookie contract. According to two sources close to the situation, the Rams have proposed a deal to Jenkins' agent Malik Shareef that features the signing bonus being split into four equal parts over the course of the contract – protection against Jenkins not panning out with the club.
Basically instead of getting $3 million upfront, he will have to "earn" it. You can't blame the Rams for trying to put this in his contract. Current head coach Jeff Fisher, already had his run in, with a troubled corner back with the Titans, so it's not surprising that he wants to add safeguards.
Lastly, here's a quote from Cole's article on Jenkins.
A Rams source said the team has even offered to give Jenkins interest on money as it's paid. The team simply wants a safeguard and believes it will get it.
Like I said in the last contract update, there's really no reason for this to drag on. More than likely, Jenkins will accept the Rams terms, earn his money, and get a bigger second contract. The Rams are looking at the bigger picture, and even if Jenkins and his agent don't like it, the reason he was a second round pick, didn't have anything to do with his talent, it had to do with why he got kicked out of Florida.
"Do you really think the kid is going to go back in the draft over this?" the source said. "After all he has been through? Look, we want to pay him and we want to pay him fairly. We're not trying to cut the money way down or anything like that. We just want to keep him focused and this seems like a good way to do it."