The Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles reached deals with Top 5 picks Dion Jordan and Lane Johnson and, according to multiple reports, both teams won the battle over offset language. Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, was the first domino to fall, agreeing to terms to a four-year contract that included offset language on Saturday afternoon, the same day that Dolphins rookies and veterans reported to training camp. As "Shutdown Corner" noted on Friday , the Dolphins' insistence on offset language is not a statement about the player, but is an organizational philosophy that is applied to veteran and rookie contracts alike. The Dolphins obtaining offset language in a contract for the No. 3 overall pick opened the door for the Eagles to get the same language — which allows the team to save money on guaranteed portions of a contract if the player is released and signs with another team — in the deal for Johnson on Saturday night. In announcing the deal with Johnson, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman praised Johnson's agent, Ken Sarnoff, for getting the deal done. "We’re very excited to have all of our draft picks ready to go for the start of training camp," Roseman said in a statement released by the Eagles. "I give Lane and his agent, Ken Sarnoff, a lot of credit for their work in getting this deal complete. Both had stated to us how important it was to get this deal signed before the rookies report on Monday and they kept their word. We’re all looking forward to watch Lane get his NFL career started." None of the contracts for the players selected in the top five of the 2012 NFL draft included offset language. With the agents for Jordan and Johnson agreeing to that language this year, expect more teams to push for that protection in Top 5, and perhaps Top 15 contracts moving forward. That push could begin with the negotiations between the Cleveland Browns and No. 6 overall pick Barkevious Mingo and the Arizona Cardinals in their negotiations with No. 7 overall pick Jonathan Cooper.
COMMENTARY | After an average season by New York Giants' standards, the G-Men are looking to rebound from a 9-7 campaign in 2012 and make it back to the NFL playoffs.After letting go of some veterans this offseason and being active in free agency and the 2013 NFL draft, there are some question marks surrounding Big Blue entering the season.
New York Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck has already had the kind of career that many NFL players would love as a full-stop proposition. He's got rings from Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, and it could easily be argued that he could have been the MVP of each game. The third-round pick out of the Notre Dame in the 2005 NFL draft has enjoyed three seasons with 10 or more quarterback sacks, which is specifically impressive because he does most of his work as a defensive tackle. He signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension in 2008, and if he has a good-to-great season in 2013, the then-31-year-old could see another big payday -- with the Giants, or possibly elsewhere. That said, it's not his prior achievements that have burdened Tuck's mind this offseason -- he's far more concerned with his ability to bounce back from two straight down years in which he missed a total of seven games, and amassed just nine sacks combined. He's at the age where some pass-rushers start to decline, but Tuck isn't convinced that Father Time is the problem. He's done everything this offseason from consulting with motivational speaker and performance coach Tony Robbins, to cutting down on his media and endorsement obligations. There's a lot of emphasis on rebounding from a disappointing 2012, which is interesting in that the Giants went 9-7 in each of the last two years. One season ended with a Lombardi Trophy, and the next campaign concluded with a frustrating time at home for the playoffs. That's how fine the line between greatness and anonymity can be in the NFL, and Tuck is hyper-aware of that fact. "I don't think I've played as consistently as I've wanted to," Tuck told Shutdown Corner this week, during a short media blitz for Gillette at the concept shop STORY in New York City. "A lot of times, numbers are the first things people look at, which really doesn't tell the story, but I'm my biggest critic. I know the quality of football player I am, and what I can do to help the team out., The Super Bowl year and deep into other years, I was battling injuries on and off, but I'd say that I can be my own worst critic. I haven't played anywhere near where I wanted to play, and I hope this year changes all that." Though Tuck's sack numbers stayed pretty much the same from 2011 to 2012 (from 5.0 to 4.0) his hurries declined from 15.5 in 2011 to 10.5 in 2012, per Football Outsiders' game charting. There have been some shakeups along that formerly awesome defensive line beyond Tuck's struggles -- Osi Umenyiora signed with the Atlanta Falcons, Jason Pierre-Paul is still recovering from back surgery, and the Giants have moved Mathias Kiwanuka from linebacker back to end, where he played from 2006 through 2010. In addition, the draft selections of Texas A&M end Damontre Moore and Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins speak to the need to get younger along that front. Tuck told me that while he likes how the new kids look, there are always adjustments when you hit the NFL.
Up until now, all that New York Giants tight end Adrien Robinson has been known for is being "kind of the JPP (Jason Pierre-Paul) of tight ends," a label given to him by general manager Jerry Reese shortly after the Giants selected the 6-4, 264-lb. Robinson in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The NFL draft is history. Organized team activities are under way. Minicamps will follow next month, and training camps will open a month after that.
COMMENTARY | The Kansas City Chiefs were expected to make a splash with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft and did so by selecting Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan. The 6'7" and 306 pound offensive tackle fills an immediate need on the roster and should make an instant impact--helping to assure head coach Andy Reid and Co. begin their climb out of the league's cellar.
COMMENTARY | The Cincinnati Bengals shored up the safety position in the 2013 NFL draft with Georgia product Shawn Williams, but showing some interest in former Green Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson would make some sense at this point.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed rookie safety Shamarko Thomas to a four-year contract. The Steelers selected Thomas with the 111th overall pick in last month's NFL draft, trading a third-round pick in 2014 to the Cleveland Browns to move up and take Thomas.
Linebacker Aaron Curry, who has had a motley career since the Seattle Seahawks made him the fourth overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, tweeted Friday that he signed with the New York Giants.
With the NFL Draft in the books, Mike Clay updates his running back dynasty rankings.

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