Mary Kay Cabot is reporting that the Browns and Trent Richardson’s agent Jimmy Sexton are in the same physical space and negotiating a contract.
The only possible sticking point left could be “offset language.” As we’ve discussed previously, the money shouldn’t be an issue anymore now that Andrew Luck and RG3 have both signed ahead of Richardson.
This offset language specifies that even if the player in question gets cut and re-signed by another team whether or not the cutting team gets credit for money in the new contract. For example, if the Browns cut a guy who is owed $2 million and he goes out and signs a deal elsewhere for $1 million, the Browns would love to have contract language that cuts their responsibilities in half. The chances of getting anything like that in Trent Richardson’s contract appear to be pretty slim.
Also, not so incidentally, Trent Richardson is represented by CAA as is Robert Griffin III, who was able to avoid any such offset language in his Redskins deal, as PFT pointed out on July 18th. So, I think we all know where this is headed.