Don't worry about Jason Allen ... yet
He is Jason Allen's agent and I knew immediately something was up.
Frankel, you see, has not returned phone calls in nearly two weeks since negotiations with the Dolphins began in earnest. Not that he's a bad guy, not that he doesn't want me, and you by extension, to know what's going on.
He just likes to do his business in private and announce the results when all is finished. Oh, yeah, and the Dolphins have begged, cajoled, pleaded and threatened him into not returning reporters' phone calls.
But I digress.
The point of the call was to let me, and again you by extension, know that negotiations with the team are not going well. Frankel said Allen likely would not not be in camp when players report Friday and likely wouldn't be there Saturday for the first practice.
So I wrote the story for The Herald and it will appear on tomorrow's front page. It will sound ominous as you sip your morning java. But take heart.
It's not a huge deal yet. First round picks miss training camp days, people. It happens everywhere and it happens plenty in Miami.
Is one practice going to keep Jason Allen on the bench? Is five? No way.
The pressure to get him signed will last until Bunkley signs in Philadelphia and Tye Hill signs in St. Louis. Those two were drafted just ahead of Allen. If those guys get five year deals, so will Allen. If they get six year deals, so will Allen.
The length of the deal is what is holding up all those deals, including Allen's.
I predict it takes no longer than two weeks.
And then it will get done and Allen will report. And before the preseason is over, he will be the Dolphins starting strong safety.
So relax and don't spill the coffee in the morning.