There are four draft picks in the entire 2014 class that have yet to sign on the dotted line with their respective team, and Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert is the highest remaining pick unsigned.
The new collective bargaining agreement has left little for agents and front offices to negotiate, but apparently Gilbert’s camp is squabbling over offset language. This allows the team to reduce the player’s fully guaranteed pay if the player gets released by the team that drafted him and then signed by another team.
“@tim_luki: what's the delay with Gilbert? Isn't he one of like three not to have signed in the entire league?”// Offset language.
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) June 27, 2014
When asked if he’d be signed by the time training camp starts, Gilbert, the No. 8 overall pick, said via Fox Sports Ohio, “I have no idea. They’re still working on it.”
Gilbert took part in the NFL Play 60 event at Cleveland Browns headquarters Friday. The event is part of the NFL Rookie Symposium, which has taken place all week in Aurora, Ohio. Teammate Johnny Manziel was also at the camp and addressed criticism over his much-publicized weekends.
First-round Titans tackle Taylor Lewan, Jags wideout Marqise Lee (39th) and third-round tackle Billy Turner (Dolphins) are the other three players left unsigned.
How concerned are you Gilbert hasn’t signed his contract yet?