Tennessee Titans rookies report on Tuesday, and thus far, there is no indication of a breakthrough yet with first-round pick Kendall Wright.
A deal could still get done without Wright missing much, if any, time. The Titans’ full squad reports to camp on Friday, and the first full squad practice is on Saturday. However, progress on the talks appears to be stalled for the time being.
The holdup in getting a contract completed for the wide receiver centers around a pair of issues. The first is the off-set language that the Titans hope to include in the deal, and the second is the guaranteed money in the fourth year of the contract, according to sources.
Off-set language protects a team and allows it to recoup guaranteed money from another club, if the player is released and signed by another club before he plays out his entire rookie contract.
The other sticking point in the deal is simply how much, if any, the Titans might be willing to guarantee in Wright’s base salary for the fourth year of the deal.
Earlier in the off-season, Wright’s agent Jeff Nalley sounded confident that Wright’s deal would be finished in time for the start of camp.
The Titans may now be counting on Wright more than they had originally planned early on, with Kenny Britt still trying to come back from three knee procedures on both knees and his latest run-in with the law that could cause Commissioner Roger Goodell to discipline him with a suspension.