Browns

Will the hold up with Jabrill Peppers contract cause a hold out?

What would the Cleveland Browns be if they did not have some off the field drama unfolding? The days are getting closer to the opening of Training Camp,1 but Jabrill Peppers remains one of the seven unsigned first-round draft picks. The Browns other two first-round picks, Myles Garrett (No. 1) and David Njoku (No. 29), have signed their rookie contracts.

The other unsigned first-round picks are Mitchell Trubisky (No. 2, Chicago Bears), Solomon Thomas (No. 3, San Francisco 49ers), Corey Davis (No. 5, Tennessee Titans), Jamal Adams (No. 6, New York Jets), Patrick Mahomes (No. 10, Kansas City Chiefs), and Gareon Conley (No. 24, Oakland Raiders) making Peppers (No. 25) the lowest selection remaining unsigned.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk noted league sources told him more information on the reasons Peppers has yet to sign.

The reason for Conley’s lack of a contract is obvious; he’s the subject of an unresolved sexual assault investigation in Ohio. So why is Peppers the only first-round pick beyond the top 10 other than Conley who isn’t signed?

Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the amount of the guaranteed money is one of the primary terms holding up the deal.

Jabrill Peppers did not mention Florio or ProFootballTalk specifically, but he was not having it.
https://twitter.com/JabrillPeppers/status/884897078131908613

The contract kerfuffle innuendo was not the first time Peppers has taken the time to voice displeasure with Florio. ProFootballTalk was not shy in throwing Peppers under the bus with a pure, wild, unsourced speculation about why he didn’t immediately sign his participation agreement.

no testing occurs (either substance-abuse or PED) until a player signs his rookie deal or inks a participation agreement that promises he’ll receive the contract he would have gotten if he suffers a serious injury during offseason workouts. Regardless of whether Peppers didn’t sign a participation agreement with the specific purpose of avoiding drug testing, that’s the practical result.

Peppers signed the participation agreement after missing a single day of the rookie mini-camp. After failing a drug test at the NFL Combine due to a diluted sample (Peppers claims it was due to over-hyrdration from participating both as a defensive back and a linebacker), Peppers was protective of that narrative developing. Here is what he had to say about any inferences he did not sign due to being worried about failing another drug test.

That isn’t to say there isn’t some concern about Peppers remaining unsigned. His agency is the same Tom Condon led Creative Artists Agency that was employed by Joey Bosa of the San Diego Chargers who became one of the rare rookies under the new NFL CBA to hold out. Bosa’s hold out centered around offset language, a signing bonus payment schedule, and the contract phrasing that allowed the voiding of guaranteed monies if a player is fined. Given the brutal nature of the game, the agency has taken the stance that it is important for players to obtain as much guaranteed as they can.

Even so, Browns fans should not fret. Peppers is merely using the only have leverage NFL rookies are afforded before they sign their contract. Once the ink is dry, they are stuck with the agreement. There are still a couple weeks before Training Camp opens for the team, and Peppers has noted on several occasions he desires to start on time. If he is delayed a bit though, it’s not like missing a few early practices hurt Bosa’s rookie season.

  1. If only WFNY had their very own tracker to help us know how many days are left. Oh wait… []

  • CBiscuit

    “no testing occurs (either substance-abuse or PED) until a player signs his rookie deal or inks a participation agreement…Regardless of whether Peppers didn’t sign a participation agreement with the specific purpose of avoiding drug testing, that’s the practical result.”

    Damn. That’s some nasty insinuation shade. I mean, I’m not saying Mike Florio was a co-conspirator in the 9/11 attacks, but practically there has been been no official FBI reports clearing him of any wrongdoing.

  • mgbode

    He worded it in a way that he cannot be sued, but it is a horrific way for a journalist to report on a player.

  • MartyDaVille

    I don’t know why, but I had a feeling from the start that Peppers was going to be a pain in the arse.

    Which is his right, of course.

  • CBiscuit

    True. But we should also note that he’s a “journalist” for PFF…a crappy sports site which phonetically sounds like a queef.

  • mgbode

    Peppers is quickly becoming one of my favorites on the team.

  • mgbode

    PFT… PFF is a different beast.

  • CBiscuit

    Gotcha. PFT might be worse…or at least I remember their commentariat was kind of an awful scene (I glanced and ran away). And also PFT might be a fart sound.

  • Harv

    Not too worried. Gregg Williams is notorious in the best way for doling starting jobs and playing time on a strict meritocracy basis. Players across the league know this, Tom Condon’s agency knows this. Not a great idea, short term or long term, starting out in the Williams doghouse. Not saying Peppers is incapable of being self-destructive, but he’s not Bosa, he’s a second rounder and it’s not like the public will support him or that a holdout would cost the team a playoff spot.

  • mgbode

    (Peppers is a late first-round pick- go ahead and edit and I will do the same here)

  • Garry_Owen

    If it’s about guaranteed money, then Peppers is the only smart rookie in the league. I have NO problem with a guy entering a fickle and temporary league demanding as much guaranteed money as possible.

  • Garry_Owen

    I think he meant that he’s a 2nd round talent, regardless of where he was drafted. At least, that’s what I’d argue he meant. And I will argue it, even if he corrects the record.

  • mgbode

    Hey, as a lawyer, I’m sure you are prepared to argue many losing cases.

  • Garry_Owen

    I don’t know if I’m prepared to argue a winning case!

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  • CBiscuit

    Hey, offering correction back room deals?! And wth, you didn’t you offer me that save face below!

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  • Harv

    Thx brother, but I never, ever want to hide my commenting humiliation. Given how I multitask there’s a perverse sense of pride that some comments actually contain remote elements of truth. I mean, who has two thumbs and has tapped out a cogent comment while a client screams at them on the phone? That’s right, pal. When someone talks earnestly to you from your office door about a personal problem? Oh yeah, blushing now. In the garden of my mind sharing insipid fuzzy thoughts is a daily challenge and I’m a stone cold commenting hero.

  • MartyDaVille

    Except he isn’t on the team.

  • JNeids

    One of my favorite under-the-radar movies.

  • CBiscuit

    Well, it could’ve been worse. Back in some of the grittier days, the WFNY QC dept had some harsher moments…
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0b434e55bf9e24d34153fd4eccb87bd2382d566f48aeecfb43512cfbc2c92041.gif

  • mgbode

    He is on the team as he resides on the team roster, he just isn’t signed.

  • mgbode

    So many good ones with him in it

    Love how in LMS everyone flies in the air when shot

    https://media.giphy.com/media/WW4BN22H7IbaU/giphy.gif

  • JNeids

    Never saw LMS. But I love that he made that tiny little cameo in Loaded Weapon – “Man Whose Caravan Is Attacked.” My one friend and I quote the movie whenever possible, and I’m pretty sure we’re the only two who do

    https://media.giphy.com/media/wTdxe2hnudwYw/giphy.gif

  • mgbode

    I can say w/ certainty you would enjoy LMS. It also features Christopher Walken just before he crossed over into caricature acting but the reasons he did so are quite evident.

    Loaded Weapon is always a winner, yes. The Willis cameo above my favorite scene.

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  • paulbip

    Michael…”centered around” is an impossibilty. It should be “centered on” or “revolved around”. What school did you go to?

  • mgbode

    I went to the best schools. Only the best ones.

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/center?show=1&t=1295431622
    Center around, a standard idiom, has often been objected to as illogical. The logic on which the objections are based is irrelevant, since center around is an idiom and idioms have their own logic.

  • MSB

    Oh. Well. Irregardless of that …