Last year, the Dolphins insisted on offset language for quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s contract as the eighth pick in the draft, even though the Dolphins presumably had been boxed in by the Panthers, who gave linebacker Luke Kuechly a fully-guaranteed deal with no offset language at No. 9.
This year, some league insiders fear the Dolphins once again will push for offset language, even after trading up from No. 12 to No. 3 for roughly half the extra picks that the trade chart contemplates. Specifically, the concern is that V.P. of football administration Dawn Aponte, the reputed “bad cop” of Dolphins contract negotiations, will demand the offset language, regardless of whether any and every other pick after No. 3 avoids offset language.
Source: Mike Florio, NBC Sports