Tag:Drew Rosenhaus
Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:57 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 9:59 pm

Rice not signing with Vikes to test free agency

Posted by Will Brinson

The Vikings are clearly interested in keeping Sidney Rice -- and according to Leslie Frazier, they extended a contract offer to the wide receiver recently. However, Frazier didn't exactly specify what kind of deal they threw Rice's way. (For instance, it could have been a one-year RFA deal.)

According to a report from Judd Zulgad of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, the offer they sent his way is a multi-year deal. But, according to Rice's agent Drew Rosenhaus, the wideout will not be signing with Minnesota before the March 4 CBA deadline. 

That comes via ESPN's Adam Schefter, who notes that Rice will "test free agency" instead of re-signing with the Vikings. And Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network says Rice will "consider" the Vikings as a landing spot in free agency.

What makes Rice's decision particularly interesting is that he won't necessarily be an unrestricted free agent -- depending on how the labor situation pans out, he could end up as a restricted free agent with four years of accrued service.

If that happens, he might be willing to rethink his position on the Vikings offer.

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 9:54 pm

All for one, one for all? Don't believe it

Posted by Pete Prisco

INDIANAPOLIS -- So four of the power agents stood up together to show their unity for the NFL Players Association Friday?

What? Those guys would stab each other in the back in a minute.

Does anybody really believe that charade? Drew Rosenhaus, Joel Segal, Tom Condon and Ben Dogra, four power NFL agents, got up in front of their brethren during the annual agent meeting to show solidarity.

Nice show, but really?

Rosenhaus is the same agent who got into an almost fistfight here years ago with another agent over allegations he was trying to poach that agent's player. And this is a united group?

I know why they're playing it that way: The agent community is in big financial trouble if there is a lockout of the NFL players in their fight to get a new CBA.

Some have estimated that half of the registered agents would go out of business.

That seems high, but you never know.

The four who joined together to show they backed the NFLPA aren't among that group, but even they would feel the financial sting, according to sources.

Let's not get carried away with this gesture. If you think the agents are unified on anything, I have a plot of swamp land I'd love to sell you.

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Posted on: October 23, 2010 12:03 am

Rosenhaus denies report of employee on UNC list

Posted by Will Brinson

On Friday afternoon, the Raleigh News & Observer dropped an investigative reporting semi-bomb, releasing the names of three people who had provided "benefits" (broad term) to UNC football players. One of those people named was Michael Katz, who works for NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Clearly, this is problematic for Rosenhaus, arguably the highest-profile NFL agent in the business, but on Friday night, Rosenhaus denied the report to multiple outlets.

"My comment is that report is false," Rosenhaus told the Associated Press. "I did talk to my employee and at no time did he provide any benefits of any kind to any college players whatsoever."

"At no time did my employee provide any benefits to any college player," Rosenhaus told the Sports Business Journal.

Katz, who joined Rosenhaus Sports in 2009, was named along with Todd Stewart (believed to be a member of a wealth management group in Washington, D.C.) and Chris Hawkins, a former UNC football player turned runner who was recently banned from Carolina's campus for the next five years.

This is a pretty interesting case of he-said/he-said, especially because Rosenhaus has been so outspoken about the punishment for agents (they should "get punished the hardest" and "be kicked out of the business") who give benefits to players.  

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 10:37 am

Ochocinco's thoughts on TO

Though he has a history of not being truthful with every bit of “breaking news” he puts on his Twitter account , Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco hinted this morning that Terrell Owens will, in fact, join the Cincinnati squad.

This morning, Ochocinco tweeted, “Be blessed today folks, i am so excited for training camp, especially since Batman is coming to join me,” and a little while later, he wrote, “Coming soon to a city near you if your (sic) playing the Bengals, Batman= T.O. Robin= Esteban.”

With everything Ochocinco-related – and I mean EVERYTHING – take his tweeting with a grain of salt. More than likely, he’s just stirring the pot just for the hell of it.

For the record, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy refutes the original TMZ report that said Owens would be in a Cincinnati uniform.

From Reedy’s blog post:

While we still view the likelihood as a long shot, a couple of league observers have noted that the Owens camp denied reports of a deal being close with Dallas until it happened. It’s not feasible at the moment, but if Antonio Bryant struggles due to last year’s knee problems, the likelihood of an Owens signing does increase.

Another factor is that ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday night that Carson Palmer has been working out with Owens in California and has been impressed. Palmer did talk with Owens before his visit here in March along with Bryant. Owens agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was in town this week but it was more to touch base with Chad Ochocinco.

Owens met with the Bengals coaches earlier this year, but instead, Cincinnati signed Bryant. Why? One of my sources texted me today: “AB was smarter on the blackboard and a tougher player. Less of a hassle too.”

One other bit of Bengals-related news. Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson exchanged text messages with David Cornwell, the lawyer for RB Cedric Benson – who met with commissioner Roger Goodell Thursday.

Responded Cornwell to Hobson: “The Commissioner and Cedric had a frank and productive discussion regarding the benefits of playing in the NFL as well as the price to enjoy those benefits. Cedric is his best advocate and I believe the Commissioner was pleased with their discussion.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 11:07 am

Rosenhaus captures another first-round client

Super agent Drew Rosenhaus has now added a pair of first-round rookies to his client base. Rosenhaus picked up Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick (28th pick overall) in late May. Today, Rosenhaus informed Pro Football Talk that he has acquired 49ers left tackle Anthony Davis (11th overall). Davis had previously been a client of Sanat "Sunny" Shah. Shah’s only other client is Jaguars left tackle Eugene Monroe, who didn’t sign until 12 days into training camp last season.

Rosenhaus’s players are famous for holding out, though the agent said Davis won’t be another Michael Crabtree situation for the Niners. Rosenhaus now represents three 2010 first-round picks (Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul hired Rosenhaus before the Draft).

--Andy Benoit

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