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
On July 5, Jason Cole, a sports writer for Yahoo Sports, said that the St. Louis Rams and rookie corner back Janoris Jenkins was at an odds over the rookies contract. The reason wasn't because the Rams wanted to defer some of his signing bonus, but because they wanted him to hire a specific financial adviser.
Of course, this is against Collective Bargaining Agreement, and also Jenkins already has a financial adviser, Rich DeLuca, but Jeff Fisher reportedly want's Lou Taylor to advise Jenkins.
All of this, is about nothing apparently, because according to Jenkins agent, Malik Shareef there wasn't a promise between both parties to hire a financial adviser.
"At no point before, during or after the 2012 NFL draft was there ever any promise from us to the Rams that Janoris would hire a specific financial adviser,"
It's not hard to figure out that, Jenkins agent is just saying this, because it's against the CBA, if this part from Jason Cole article is right.
Two sources said Jenkins signed documents with Taylor merely as a way of placating the Rams. Jenkins also asked an NFL representative at the league's rookie symposium about whether the team could force him to choose an advisor.
In the end, it really doesn't matter. Both sides want this deal to get done, and now that the NFLPA knows about the situation, I doubt that Lou Taylor will be used by Jenkins.
This shouldn't draw out much longer, since there's a lot of negative media around the situation. Let's just hope that it doesn't draw out to training camp.