If the Vikings start extending the 1st/2nd rounders from the last 2-3 years a year early at fair prices because they want to be here, I forsee us both being happy.
I highly doubt Jared would accept your offer. He would get more on the open market and if you ask him to reduce this year's payout, then you essentially reduce his average salary over the term of his current contract. Kind of a double insult. The player's that agree to the deals you are suggesting are players that are in decline. I don't think Jared feels that he is going downhill anytime soon.
If you want this guy around, I believe you have to continue to pay him more money than you are suggesting. At least until FA says otherwise.
That's the part that I think you fail to acknowledge in this whole discussion. Jared is not interested in a paycut. Your proposal is a paycut.
And not to nitpick. But your are talking about both restructuring (changing the current year salary cap hit via a salary cut for this year) and extending (adding more years to average out to $12M/yr). You can't just simply add 3 years at lower dollar values and get relief from this year without redoing the terms of the final year of this contract. Right now he is set to get $14.2M in base salary, $2.6M in signing bonus and $200K in roster bonus. Even if you give him a new contract, that $2.8M will be added to the salary cap hit for this year.
If you give a solid example of the type of deal you are suggesting it would be easier to discuss. But the end result is that JA would have to agree to a pay cut that he said he is not interested in doing.
Why is this so hard? I keep asking and repeating but it's like it doesn't stick.
He doesn't want a restructure. Which is when you get your pay cut because you aren't performing. He feels that he is performing so he would like to stay with this contract or get an extension which would lower his salary but give him stability.
"You use the word restructure and that to me makes it feel like they'd want me to take a pay cut"
To restructure. Just like Winny did, Kevin Williams, Jenkins, etc.
When you are under performing teams don't extend you... they restructure your contract. That is what he is saying. He is not interested in restructuring. He wants a new contract.
"And if anybody asked me to take a pay cut, I'd be through the first door out of there"
What player says he would be out the door to discuss an extension? He is talking if the team comes and says...hey you have a year left...will you play for 12 million for that year. Just like they did Winny. Just like they did Williams, Jenkins.
Can we put this to rest? Can we stop saying the same incorrect thing over and over.
If that is the case, would you agree that there are times when it is in the players and the agents best interest to wait with the contract and test free agency to see what the top of the market is rather than signing a contract early and possibly leaving dollars on the table that they could have had if they waited? Do you have some published information that demonstrates that signing early is better for a player than waiting until the contract is due?