Tag:Drew Rosenhaus
Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:22 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor postpones pro day, waits for NFL

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrelle Pryor's pro day was scheduled for Friday even though a recent league memo didn't list him as one of the players eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft scheduled for August 17.

Not yet, anyway.

On Tuesday, CBSSports.com's Will Brinson pointed to a report by NFL Network's Jason La Canfora that said the league "could make a final determination" on Pryor's status later because of the their "rolling" decision-making process on player eligibility and the supplemental draft.

So the wheels of progress appeared to be moving, albeit slowly. "We spoke with the NFL today and were told that no decision has been made yet regarding Terrelle's eligibility for the supplemental draft," agent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted Tuesday.

Well, here's the latest via ESPN's Adam Schefter: Pryor's pro day is now on hold until the league decides whether he's eligible.

When that will happen remains unclear, although we can assume that it probably won't be by Friday.

Here's what we know: the supplemental draft is a week off and if the league declares Pryor eligible, he will have just a few days to organize a workout and invite interested parties to show up. Pro days, in general, are pressure-packed; players are performing for their football future. If Pryor doesn't show well, that could mean the difference between, say, going in the third or fourth round, and going undrafted.

In terms of possible suitors, here's what Brinson wrote Tuesday:

Despite no decision on Pryor, multiple reports note that teams that will be in attendance for Pryor's pro day. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Browns will attend, CBSSports.com's Redskin Rapid Reporter John Keim says the Redskins will show up, and Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys will be there as well.

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.

For now, we wait.

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 7:17 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Pryor doesn't care if he's 1st or 7th-round pick

Posted by Ryan Wilson

As the owners and players rush to finalize a new collective bargaining agreement, we've heard theories about how an abbreviated free-agent signing period might work -- and the domino effect it could have on the timing of training camps and the preseason, particularly the Hall of Fame game. Lost in the mix of this conversation: the supplemental draft.

In a typical offseason, the NFL's supplemental draft takes place in mid-July, but due to the lockout, it's been pushed back indefinitely. Meantime, former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has joined forces with super-agent Drew Rosenhaus, and we've been treated to everything from theatrical press conferences to staged workouts.

Despite Rosenhaus' PR push (which included an "I expect him to be a first-round pick" decree last month), the consensus from personnel types seems to be that Pryor is a late-round talent.

Turns out, Pryor is fine with that.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pryor continues to work out in Florida with former NFL quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson and doesn't care where he's drafted. "Whether I go as a first-round (supplemental) draft pick or a seventh-round draft pick, it doesn't matter," he said. "When I get in there, I'm going to work my butt off and compete."

Sounds like someone's been listening to Herm Edwards: Motivational Speaker. (At the NFLPA rookie symposium last month, one of the points Edwards stressed was that where you're drafted is irrelevant. "I was not drafted," he said at the time. "I was a free agent. Played for 10 years, men. Never missed a game, never missed a practice. I was ready to go when they kicked the ball off. Make sure you're ready to go.")

It's probably the right way to approach something as unpredictable as the NFL draft, although every player, no matter what they might say, wants to be drafted as early as possible. (Some, like Tom Brady, even cry when they recount their personal -- and very traumatic, it turns out -- draft weekend experiences, even if they are one of the best players on the planet.)

For now, though, all Pryor can do is continue to train and refine his technique. "Footwork and getting my hips right during my throwing motion is the biggest thing [Anderson's] taught me," he said. "Little things to make me a better quarterback. … I'm getting a chance to work on things I didn't do well at Ohio State. I have a chance to get better. I want to be the best quarterback I can possibly be."

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Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:09 am
 

Plax says Bears in top 3, Bears not interested?

Posted by Will Brinson

Plaxico Burress will be one of the most sought-after discussed free agents once the offseason begins. And though his age may be an issue, it seems like he's going to get a gig.

But where? Well, how about Chicago, where the Bears are in need of a possession receiver to compliment Devin Hester? How convenient -- Plaxico said he'd be interested in going to Chicago, even calling the Bears one of his top-three choices to play.

"Oh without question, without a doubt [the Bears are among my top three destinations]," Burress said on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on Tuesday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. "My decision making is going to come down to what I said, playing with an elite quarterback, playing with a running game, playing with a great tight end, and Greg Olsen is already that guy, in my estimation he'll be a Pro Bowler this season.

"That's the same situation I went into when I made my decision to go to New York. It's a pretty similar situation."

Quick aside: it's unbelievable how Drew Rosenhaus clients who don't really have an open market continually find themselves in high-demand. I mean that seriously -- the guy makes things happen.

However, this flirtation with Chicago may not exactly be worth pursuing. Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times notes in the same article that multiple sources tell him the Bears are only interested in Plax at a "bargain basement price."

Apparently, the combination of Burress' prison time, plus his age and character concerns all mesh poorly with his inability to fit into Mike Martz' scheme that way other receivers might.

But, hey, what if he ended up going to Chicago along with Washington wideout Santana Moss? That would make for a pretty spicy set of wide receivers, right?

Yes it would, but it probably won't happen. If there's one thing we've learned about Rosenhaus clients it's that they're probably not taking the cheapest deal on the market, even if it might mean a better situation.

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 1:53 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Sitcom-shopping Owens 'back before they expect'

Posted by Will Brinson

Last we left Terrell Owens, he had undergone surgery to repair an ACL injury and was expected to miss about six months of not-yet-guaranteed NFL action.

And despite agent Drew Rosenhaus' claims to the contrary, retirement seemed like a very realistic option for the enigmatic wide receiver.

But Soo Youn of The Daily recently caught up with Owens, and the wide receiver, speaking publicly for the first time since the reported injury, said he'll be back "before they expect."

"I'm rehabbing to get it back to full strength," Owens said.

Owens also said that he wants to join a team "that has a high chance of winning the Super Bowl" (back-to-back years with the Bills and Bengals will do that to you) and that -- surprise, surprise! -- he's currently shopping a sitcom about his life.

"It’s loosely based on my life and my career. I have four kids by three different moms," Owens said. "It will showcase my skills as an actor, which is something I want to do after football."

The sitcom, which will apparently be called "8 & 1" and feature Owens playing a football star named "Terrell O'Neal," hasn't been picked up yet, though it's got a reasonably strong name attached in former "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" writer Courtney Parker.

Of the whole interview though, the most interesting quote comes when Owens discusses his perception in the public.

"A lot of people have the perception that I’m arrogant, I’m difficult to get along with, that I’ve disrupted a lot of teams,” Owens said. “It’s hard to dispel the stuff the media puts out and it’s a never-ending battle."

Owens was speaking to the difficulty of finding another team to sign him, but he inadvertently commented perfectly on his legacy as a football player.

Without his attitude, there's little question he's a Hall-of-Famer; add all the off-field antics into the mix and there's a legitimate question as to whether he'll be a first-ballot entry to Canton.

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Posted on: July 3, 2011 2:29 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Terrell Owens: not always a QB's best friend

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrell Owens is 37, and at some point in the not-too-distant past, he suffered an ACL injury. But according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, Owens will not only be ready for the 2011 season, he will start. (Rosenhaus also said that Terrelle Pryor will be a "first-round pick.")

PR proclamations aside, the reality is that Owens is entering his 16th season, long after the time NFL players typically transition to life after football. But even if TO can summon one more productive season, there's another issue that will have a lot to do with him playing for his fourth team in four years next season.

Details via the National Football Post's Dan Pompei: "A front office man points out that [Owens] doesn’t always run his route the way he is supposed to and he leaves a lot of gray area for the quarterback. Last year, he led the NFL in most interceptions as a targeted receiver with 12, according to Stats, Inc. What’s more, he has led the league in the category with 43 interceptions over the last five years. And another issue with T.O? He was third in the league in drops last year with 11."

To his credit, Owens still put up impressive numbers in 2010. In 14 games he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. But it's not the first time Owens has been accused of loosely interpreting the playbook. In March, 2007, there were reports that he didn't know the Cowboys' playbook. At the time, the Dallas Morning News' Jean-Jacques Taylor wrote that "Within the organization, T.O.'s lack of familiarity with the playbook wasn't a secret. Players knew. Coaches knew. Front-office personnel knew. After all, [Tony] Romo and others had to tell him the plays during practice, on occasion, so it surprised few when he wasn't sure what to do during games."

Owens refuted the claim saying "I knew my plays... I put everything I love on that." And to be fair, he racked up 81 receptions for 1,180 yards and 13 touchdowns with the Cowboys in 2006. For not knowing exactly where he was supposed to be on the field, TO was still one of the NFL's best wideouts.

But that was more than four years ago and Owens is now coming off knee surgery. Even if he has the playbook committed to memory, age and injuries may have finally caught up to him.

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Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Ken Anderson now working with Terrelle Pryor

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrelle Pryor's transition from college to the NFL hasn't been quiet or without controversy. This is what happens when you drop out of school amid a scandal and hire Drew Rosenhaus to hold infomercials proclaiming that you're a first-round pick while people whose job it is to make such judgments state exactly the opposite.

But we give Pryor credit. Instead of coming off as aloof and entitled, which sometimes happens to college athletes accustomed to being the center of their universe, Pryor appears to be working hard, saying all the right things, and preparing for the supplemental draft. That doesn't make him any more of an NFL quarterback, but it does make him more likable. And in the world we live in, where public perception is as important as on-field productivity, it's a good start.

The latest evidence: Pryor is working with former Bengals quarterback and NFL assistant coach Ken Anderson, who has mentored high school and college QBs since retiring from the Steelers in 2009. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, Pryor and Anderson worked together Tuesday and Wednesday in Bradenton, Florida, where Pryor was attending the NFLPA Rookie Symposium. Anderson called Pryor "an interesting kid." Adding: "His throwing motion and arm is good and he can make all the throws."

More details via Reedy:
Two more weeks of workouts are planned in Fort Lauderdale. The hope is in the interim that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement can be reached. A Pro Day-type workout for Pryor and the Supplemental Draft are on hold due to the lockout. …

Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, reached out to Anderson about working with Pryor. Some thought that George Whitfield, who prepped Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton for this year's draft, would be the guy but it was Anderson who got the call.
Which we take to mean that Whitfield, in fact, won't be working with Pryor, even though he was under that impression as well earlier this week.

As for what Anderson has in mind for Pryor, he tells Reedy that "We're working on a lot of different things right now like NFL concepts, the passing tree and footwork. He does a nice job understanding things and how it translates."

What that means for Pryor's professional prospects is an entirely different story. The NFL scrap heap is littered with tales of workout warriors who excelled in shorts and t-shirts but couldn't replicate that success in pads surrounded by 21 other guys.

For now, Pryor continues to train, trying to convince his doubters that he can play quarterback in the NFL. There's no denying his athleticism. It's just that it's going to take some Herculean improvements to persuade the skeptics that Pryor's not the next coming of Tarvaris Jackson.

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Rosenhaus: T.O. will be starting WR this year

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Although news broke Monday that Terrell Owens underwent ACL surgery that could keep him out of action for six months and could possibly lead to his retirement, his agent Drew Rosenhaus insisted today Owens should be ready to play by August.

"All the retirement talk is nonsense," Rosenhaus told ESPN, via USA Today. "There's been no discussion about that, and this injury is not a big deal."

Owens' ACL injury
An ACL injury not being a big deal? That’s almost as ridiculous as saying Terrelle Pryor is a surefire first-round NFL draft pick.

Rosenhaus didn’t want to talk about how the injury occurred -- which might mean the rumors that Owens injured himself while taping a new reality show could be true -- but Rosenhaus reiterated Owens, after undergoing the surgery in early April, will be ready to play next season (this, of course, assumes anybody wants him).

"The old injury has been repaired," Rosenhaus said. "He is many months into recovery and doing fantastic. No predictions on training camp, but he comes back fast from injuries. I won't rule him out of anything. He will be a starting receiver for someone this year."

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Houshmandzadeh says not to count out T.O.

OwensPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently, the revelation that Bengals WR Terrell Owens tore his ACL doing … well, something and underwent surgery that could keep him out as much as six months was not news to Ravens WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh. He told the National Football Post he’s known this fact for months.

“Hopefully, it's not too severe and he'll be back soon,” Houshmandzadeh said. “He had a good year last year. I wouldn't ever count him out."

Houshmandzadeh is right. Owens had a solid season last year, wrestling the Bengals No. 1 WR spot away from Chad Ochocinco and catching 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. He’ll turn 38 in December, but as of last season, he still was a legit player in the league.

CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman has already reported that Owens has talked with several people about the possibility of retiring, but it also wouldn’t be a shock to see Owens try to return for another season (especially since his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has been saying that very thing today).

"He just speaks his mind," Houshmandzadeh said. "Sometimes, guys have something to prove. He has proved a lot. When I first met T.O., he was always real cool with me. I never had a problem with him. They talked about him like a dog in the media, but T.O. is a good dude. People just don't know him the way players in the NFL know him."

Yes, I'm sure Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo would be more than happy to vouch for Owens being "a good dude."

UPDATE (1:06 p.m. ET): According to the AP, via ESPN's Sportscenter, Rosenhaus said Owens could be good to go by August.

"The old injury has been repaired," Rosenhaus said. "He is many months into recovery and doing fantastic. No predictions on training camp, but he comes back fast from injuries. I won't rule him out of anything. He will be a starting receiver for someone this year."

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