Tag:Drew Rosenhaus
Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:04 pm

Drew Rosenhaus clarifies comments on '60 Minutes'

Posted by Will Brinson

Super-agent Drew Rosenhaus caused quite a stir leading up to Sunday night's showing of 60 Minutes, stating that the NFL would "fall apart" without him.

Rosenhaus also flashed his sale pitch Sunday night, which was again on display Monday morning when he took to Twitter to clarify his remarks about the NFL collapsing without agents being around.

"I want to clarify a comment from 60 Minutes," Rosenhaus tweeted Monday. "I believe the NFL would fall apart without the contributions of the sports agent profession. Agents as a whole play an important role in the infrastructure of the NFL. Agents help to keep the business of the NFL running smoothly."

Honestly, that's kind of a difficult point to argue.

[VIDEO: Rosenhaus' full 60 Minutes interview]

Agents are a pain for teams, sure, because they want more money for their players. But what would happen if players actually negotiated for themselves or -- gasp -- used the union as a negotiating tool?

Well, the power of the individual player would be severely dampened, of course. Willis McGahee came off a serious knee injury in college and somehow managed to get drafted in the first round anyway. That was all Rosenhaus.

Terrell Owens -- though he may be lacking work in the coming months -- has been able to consistently find a job with teams. It's not because he's a locker-room charmer. It's because of Rosenhaus.

And perhaps the best example in recent memory: DeSean Jackson. While Jackson doesn't have a contract, do you think he'd be playing by the rules and suiting up for the Eagles if he didn't have Rosenhaus (who learned from a previous mistake with Philly and the aforementioned Owens) advising him? Probably not.

Agents might not get the greatest reputation in the world, and they're certainly a downfall for the college game at the moment, but they're an inevitable part of the evolution of professional sports. And an ultimately necessary piece of the process.

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 6:39 pm

Drew Rosenhaus: 'NFL would fall apart without me'

Drew Rosenhaus might be the NFL's most powerful agent. (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Drew Rosenhaus is a polarizing figure in the National Football League. This is what happens when you're its most successful agent with a stable of some of the biggest names in the sport. It's also a testament to just how good he is at his job. Because if he didn't get his clients the best deals, we wouldn't be talking about him, and he wouldn't be featured on 60 Minutes this Sunday.

The man who many credit with making Willis McGahee a first-round pick despite suffering a devastating knee injury in his final college game is also the same guy best remembered for his "Next question!" answers to the impromptu press conference that broke out in Terrell Owens' yard several years ago.

But Rosenhaus, at least to hear him tell it, is also the glue that holds the league together.

He doesn't put on the pads or walk the sidelines, but Drew Rosenhaus, the agent who represents the most NFL players, is a force to be reckoned with - even if he has to say so himself. Scott Pelley reports for "60 Minutes" on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

“I really believe that the NFL would fall apart without me,” Rosenhaus tells 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley. “That may sound cocky, that may sound arrogant, but I am telling you the truth. ...

“When it breaks down between the team and the player, the agent is there to pick up those pieces,” he says. “If a guy says ‘I want to be traded; I hate this team. I hate this coach.’ I say to the player, ‘Tell me, don’t tell the coach. I don’t want you to ruin your relationship with the team. Come to me,’”

Rosenhaus says he takes “a couple hundred" calls a day at all hours, gives his players advice about everything on and off the field, and he'll even visit them behind bars.

“There’s nothing, nothing tougher than that,” he tells Pelley.

Rosenhaus' client, Plaxico Burress would agree. He was released from prison this summer and Rosenhaus was there for him even though Burress' football future was far from certain.

“I didn’t expect anything less [from Rosenhaus]. Because…I know him as a person and you know where his heart is,” Burress tells Pelley.

But it's not all rainbows and unicorns; Rosenhaus is in the business of making money. And Sunday night, 60 Minutes gets a glimpse behind the curtain.

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Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:32 am
Edited on: September 4, 2011 11:52 am

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrelle Pryor has notified the NFL and the NFL Player's Association that he intends to appeal the five-game suspension handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell as part of the league's decision to allow Pryor to be eligible for the supplemental draft last month, the NFL Network's Albert Breer is reporting.

If nothing else, you have to appreciate the timing. On Friday, the Colts hired Jim Tressel, Pryor's coach at Ohio State before a scandal led to Pryor leaving school and Tressel resigning, as a game-day consultant. The problem: the move was made without the approval of the league office, and according to a PFT.com source, the league must give the OK before all hires become official.

Yahoo.com's Doug Farrar tweeted Sunday morning that it was a "Smart decision by Pryor and his people to appeal five-game suspension now. NFL has to address Tressel, change the [suspension], or REALLY look bad."

As we found out with the lockout, these things are as much about right and wrong as they are about winning the public relations battle. Then again, Goodell has shown in the past that he's willing to make unpopular decisions. Steelers backup quarterback and longtime Pryor mentor, Charlie Batch, recently told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Goodell has too much power.

"He took it to another level when he said he was going to suspend Terrelle Pryor for five games and he wasn't even in the NFL last year," he said. "How can you do that? It's not right. It's not right at all."

Pryor's Journey to Oakland

Players have also taken issue with Goodell arbitrarily meting out punishment, perhaps none more vocal in recent years than Batch's teammate, linebacker James Harrison. (More proof that there appears to be no method to Goodell's perceived madness: he didn't suspend Kenny Britt or Aqib Talib for serious and persistent offseason incidents.)

Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said on August 24 that Pryor would not appeal the suspension. Clearly, that has changed.

Now, in addition to the Tressel situation, the league will also have to deal with Pryor appealing his five-game suspension. As for the former, PFT's Mike Florio notes that it's not a question of if the NFL will allow Tressel to work for the Colts, but when.

"In Tressel’s case, the league faces a tricky decision," Florio wrote Saturday. "Notions of fairness and consistency require the league to treat Tressel, who resigned from Ohio State under duress after admitting that he failed to share with the NCAA information regarding activities that jeopardized the eligibility of Pryor and other players, the same way that it treated Pryor. By delaying Tressel’s entry to the NFL, the league would be bolstering the perception that overt favors are now being done for the curators of the free farm system.

"The question doesn’t become relevant until the Colts submit Tressel’s contract for approval by the league office. It hasn’t happened yet. Once it does, Tressel’s fate will be in the Commissioner’s hands."

The easiest way for the league to avoid the potential PR fallout? Punish both parties in a manner than most people would deem fair. History suggests that Goodell doesn't fully understand that dynamic. Or maybe he does and he doesn't care. Either way, the commissioner now has two more things on his to-do list with the start of the season less than a week away.

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Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:51 am

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Agent Drew Rosenhaus has filed a formal trade request on behalf of his client, Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. This comes after the six-time Pro Bowler and nine-year veteran asked the team for a raise and was kindly rebuffed. The Chicago Tribune reports that Rosenhaus made the trade request via email. (Presumably he won't be sending out a "never mind, ignore that" follow-up.)

"The Bears made their decision, now I have to make mine," Briggs told the Tribune. "It's just how the business works. It's not going to take away from what I do on the field. I'm 100 percent a Bear, until I'm not a Bear anymore."

If this sounds familiar, well, it should. In 2007, Briggs announced that he would never play for the Bears again before he signed his one-year, $7.2 million franchise tender. A year later, the team inked him to a six-year contract. Doing the math, that means that he still has three years left on the deal he asked for three years ago.

Details on Briggs' current contract situation, via the Tribune: "He is scheduled to make $3.9 million this season (including bonuses), $4 million in 2012 and $6.5 million in 2013. He signed a six-year, $36 million deal in 2008 after first testing the free-agent market, and the maximum value of the first three years was $21.6 million."

The Tribune adds that Briggs wants to restructure his contract so that he makes more money this season, possibly by flip-flopping the $6.5 million he's set to make in '13 with the $3.9 million he'll pull down this season. Apparently, he decided to ask for more money after seeing younger linebackers like the Broncos' DJ Williams and the Jaguars' Daryl Smith cash in with new deals.

For now, head coach Lovie Smith isn't worried about Briggs or his contract.

"If a guy has something that he needs to do, then he can deal with it off the field," he said, via the Tribune. "As far as how I see him, I just see him coming to work every day, like he has done. Lance Briggs has to get ready for the football season, which he has done. "Who doesn't want a new contract?" Smith added rhetorically. "All of us would want a new contract. But still, you go to work every day and do your job, and that's what he's doing. I have no complaints about him."

In general, we support a player's right to ask for a raise because NFL contracts aren't guaranteed. But Briggs had no issue with the deal when he signed it three years ago. Just because other teams might overpay for their linebackers isn't reason enough for the Bears to do the same. Maybe that changes after the season, or perhaps Briggs will get his wish and be traded.

For now, he's 100 percent a Bear until he's not a Bear anymore. Which, given the immutable laws of physics, is typically how these things work.

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:37 am

Rosenhaus says Pryor won't appeal suspension

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Depending on who you’re talking to at the time, Terrelle Pryor is either going to appeal his five-game suspension handed down by Roger Goodell or … he’s not going to appeal his five-game suspension handed down by Roger Goodell.

Pryor's Journey to Oakland
During his Pro Day, Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he wouldn’t appeal the decision, but during an interview on the Monday Night Football telecast, Pryor said he would proceed however Raiders owner Al Davis wanted him to proceed (meaning if Davis said to appeal it, he would).

But now Rosenhaus wants to set the record straight, telling ESPN that Pryor will NOT appeal the suspension. Of course, that’s easy for Rosenhaus to say considering Pryor hasn’t signed a contract yet -- or even been out to Oakland to meet with his new bosses.

Yet, you could envision this leading to a sticky situation.

If Davis -- or CEO Amy Trask -- wants Pryor to appeal, what does he do? Blow off his boss or upset his mega-agent? And where does the NFLPA stand on the issue? What happens if Davis wants him to appeal and Pryor refuses, based on what Rosenhaus has said? Could Pryor go to the NFLPA for help in not appealing a suspension, and could the union protect him from Davis in that way?

I don’t know, but it’d one hell of a (hypothetical and, yes, far-fetched) conundrum that could get mighty interesting to watch.

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Posted on: August 20, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 3:47 pm

Terrelle Pryor's pro day draws plenty of interest

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Whether or not Terrelle Pryor is a sure-fire first-round pick in next week’s supplemental draft or if he’s more of a late-rounds attraction (or somewhere in between), there’s little doubt that he drew plenty of interest during his Pro Day on Saturday.

According to NFL.com’s Albert Breer, about half of the league’s teams had scouts in attendance, including the Steelers, Redskins, Saints, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Chargers, Bills, Browns, Bengals, Lions, Colts, Eagles, Raiders, Dolphins, 49ers and the Patriots (the Steelers also filmed the proceedings for teams that couldn’t make it but wanted to see what they had missed).

Pryor's Pro Day
All of them were in for a treat when the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Pryor, in his first timed 40, ran somewhere between a 4.38 and a 4.41 (his second attempt was a bit slower but still in the 4.4 range). Pryor also took a physical, and he was scheduled to take the Wonderlic Test.

Also in attendance was former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who (via FSN Ohio’s Zac Jackson) offered area scouts his phone number in case they wanted to follow up with him about Pryor’s abilities. Later in the day, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made a cameo appearance as well.

According to Breer, Pryor completed 27 of 39 passes to moving targets with four drops. Afterward, Pryor's agent Drew Rosenhaus said Pryor would not appeal the five-game suspension handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell and that he would be willing to play any position on the field.

So, what does any of this mean? I guess we’ll find out Monday during the draft, but even if Pryor isn’t a legit NFL quarterback (that completion percentage doesn’t look so great against thin air), there’s no doubt that Pryor’s physicality makes him an elite athlete.

Perhaps even an NFL tight end.

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Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 4:47 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Thursday, the league declared former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor eligible for the supplemental draft, but with the caveat that he must serve a five-game suspension should he sign with an NFL team. Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, originally backed the decision imposed by commissioner Roger Goodell.

On Friday, Pryor's lawyer, David Cornwell, appearing on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike, sounded like someone who had plans to -- you guessed it -- appeal Goodell's decision.

“[Goodell] indicated that we have the right to appeal within three days after Terrelle signs an NFL contract, and given some of the developments both in reaching the decision and comments out of the [NFL Players Association] regarding the decision, I think it’s likely that we will file an appeal, and give the Players Association an opportunity to make it’s objections to this on the record,” Cornwell said, according wire reports

This assumes, of course, that Pryor will be drafted on August 22. Surely, someone in Pryor's camp must have those assurances because the timing of Cornwall's announcement could scare off potential suitors (and who knows, it still might).

The bigger issue is (and we seem to be saying this all the time) Goodell's role in all this. As CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote Thursday, the league would like to discipline NFL players who run afoul of NCAA rules, and the decision to suspend Pryor for five games was Goodell's way of circumventing the current guidelines that prevent that.

"What Roger Goodell did in suspending Pryor is get the NCAA's back. The NFL and NCAA both feel that players are breaking rules on the college level thinking they can use the NFL as an escape hatch. The NFL wants to stop that mentality. What Goodell did was also send a message to the union. If you won't work with us on this, then I'll use the commissioner power to make the decisions myself."

PFT's Mike Florio echoes many of the sentiments Freeman laid out: "If the NFLPA lets this one slide, then the NFL will try in the future to take similar action when a former college player who has gotten himself in trouble with the NCAA wants to play pro football."

Not surprisingly, the players are concerned, too. "I know players are concerned about the message this sends," said Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, a member of the players' executive committee. "Granted, making this 'deal' was an individual decision made by a player with counsel from his agent and lawyer. They have every right to make whatever deal they want for his personal future. That being said, the general concern now is how far into Pandora's box this may go."

And that's the problem.

Next up: seeing which teams are impressed enough with Pryor's workout to draft him. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot writes that the Browns will be on hand for Pryor's Saturday pro day. Also worth mentioning: in June, the Browns were already doing their due dliigence on Pryor. We think it's safe to say that they like him. Just at what cost?

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Posted on: August 16, 2011 6:51 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 7:17 pm

NFL postpones supplemental draft, Pryor benefits

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The NFL notified all 32 teams Tuesday that the supplemental draft, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed. No new date has been set.

During a normal offseason, such news would be met with a yawn -- if that -- by most fans, but this year is different. For starters, we've just endured a four-month lockout, which pushed the supplemental draft back from its usual mid-July date on the NFL schedule to the middle of August. But there's also the matter of one name trying desperately to be eligible for this year's supplemental draft: Terrelle Pryor.

Quick refresher for those of you just back from Mars: Pryor promptly left Ohio State in June amid a scandal that cost Jim Tressel his job. He then hired superagent Drew Rosenhaus, who convened a PR event and called it a press conference to inform the world that Pryor was a first-round pick (among other things). Pryor later admitted that he didn't care where he was drafted just, he just wanted an opportunity.

As things seemed to be falling into place (several teams had expressed interest in the former Ohio State QB), Pryor last week had to cancel his pro day because he wasn't on the NFL's supplemental draft list.

CBSSports.com's Will Brinson explained at the time that, "This uncertainty for Pryor actually is in line with all the reports we've heard since he decided to bounce out of Ohio State after their program got a not-so-friendly visit from the NCAA. In fact, that aforementioned visit probably has a lot to do with the NFL's decision -- they don't want to grant eligibility to someone who doesn't actually meet the requirements for the supplemental draft."

On Sunday, reports surfaced that Pryor was trying to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to determine his standing in the eyes of the league. As Brinson noted in his post, a statement from Pryor's attorney, David Cornwell, made it sound like Pryor would be eligible for the draft.

"We have been in discussions with the Commissioner’s office over the past week to address the NFL's concerns," Cornwell wrote. "I am confident that once the NFL has a full understanding of the facts, Terrelle will be part of Wednesday’s supplemental draft."

Well, there will be no supplemental draft on Wednesday, but whenever it's rescheduled, it seems that Pryor might now be apart of it.

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