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|First-round contract standoffs that linger into training camp used to be: (1) much more common; and (2) a much bigger deal. In recent years Andy Janovich Jersey , the relatively rare impasse that prompts a prominent player to pass on showing up for practice is widely met with shrugs.
That shouldn’t be the case. A brand-new player, with each passing day, misses one or two full practices that otherwise would help the player prepare to hit the ground sprinting once the regular season begins. As fewer and fewer of them draw that line in the sand, it should be a much bigger deal when it happens.
In Chicago, G.M. Ryan Pace expressed optimism four days ago that No. 8 overall selection Roquan Smith would soon sign a contract. The linebacker still isn’t in camp, however.
The news that the 49ers have signed tackle Mike McGlinchey Johnny Unitas Jersey , the ninth overall pick in the draft, could make it easier to finally get Smith’s deal done. Like McGlinchey, Smith is represented by CAA. Like McGlinchey, Smith is caught up in the bottom-of-the-top-10 cluster that, as PFT explained last week, has had deals delayed by roster bonus structures and language that would void future guaranteed payments.
At this point Marcell Dareus Jersey , Smith and CAA may simply wait to see what the guy taken in front of Smith gets. Bills quarterback Josh Allen, the seventh overall selection, also hasn’t signed; if his deal gets done before rookies and veterans report for duty in only two days, Smith will have an immediate ceiling to go along with his immediate floor.
At that point, however, the Bears and CAA may end up caught in an argument that any favorable terms finagled for Allen have more to do with the so-called “quarterback premium Eddie Yarbrough Jersey ,” and that Smith shouldn’t get the same consideration.
Regardless, Smith continues to miss valuable meetings and reps. While it’s his prerogative to drive a hard bargain, the nonchalance that has emerged as these absences become less common doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
Five of the top 10 draft picks from 2018 remain unsigned, and all of them were taken in the top eight.
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