Gone are the days, except for the most elite and “high character” athletes, of risky signing bonuses. Too many athletes with the “risky behavior” tag have cost teams money, draft picks, and sheer disappointment on the field. The potential high payout of signing an ultra talented problem athlete still has organizations drooling, but they have learned their lesson and are focusing on protecting these costly assets. Such is the case with Rams rookie sensation CB Janoris Jenkins.
Jenkins’ on and off the field escapades have been well publicized (kicked off Florida football team due to multiple marijuana possession arrests and having fathered children from 3 or 4 different women) and now it looks he’s going to have to pay the price. From Jason Price at Yahoo Sports:
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.
So far Jenkins has not signed the deal. I’m not surprised because it is a slight slap in the face, but teams have just been burned too many times. After a little affirmation and consoling, I expect Jenkins to take the deal. The Rams are willing to show him the money; they just want to know he’ll be around for a while. Hey, we all have to perform to get paid so long term this shouldn’t be an issue for Jenkins. Besides, he’s got a lot of mouths to feed.