Late Friday afternoon, defender Marvell Wynne, who was selected by the San Jose Earthquake in the second phase of the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft, posted to his Instagram account a message suggesting that he had come to an agreement with the Quakes on a new contract.
Wynne was selected by San Jose when his previous club, the Colorado Rapids, declined his option for the 2015 season. According to figures released by the MLS Players Union, Wynne received $285,000 in guaranteed compensation in 2014; however, the Earthquakes are not liable for that salary since he was selected in phase two. Instead, league rules dictated that the Quakes make a bona fide offer to the 28-year old for 2015, a salary figure that could be much less than his 2014 salary. As per league policy, Wynne's contract numbers with San Jose will not be released publicly.
Signing Wynne makes sense for San Jose. After the Quakes lost veteran defender Jason Hernandez in the Expansion Draft to New York City FC, the team needed to bolster defensive corps. In five seasons with the Rapids, Wynne proved his value and versatility, playing both outside and center back for Colorado. His 2010 team beat FC Dallas for the MLS Cup championship.
While the Earthquakes have not announced the signing of Wynne officially, head coach Dominic Kinnear indicated two weeks ago that he was "optimistic" that a deal would be struck before the start of preseason training camp. The timing of Wynne's Instagram post fits that schedule as the Quakes report Sunday for physicals and hold their first on-field session Monday.