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A Reluctancy To Deal With Drew Rosenhaus?

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A Reluctancy To Deal With Drew Rosenhaus?

When the Packers selected Hawaii running back Alex Green in the third round of the NFL Draft, an underlying factor might have been a reluctancy to deal with super agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents free agent running back Brandon Jackson.

The conventional thinking on Friday was that Green would be able to fill the third-down back role previously held by Jackson.

Jackson changed agents shortly after the Super Bowl when his previous one, Gary Wichard, was suspended by the NFL Players Association for having impermissable contact with a college player. Wichard passed away in March.

Rosenhaus is known for being a hardline negotiator able to get lucrative contracts for his clients, sometimes to a fault.

The Packers became familiar with the tactics of Rosenhaus last season when one of his other clients, safety Atari Bigby, declined to sign his restricted free agent tender and missed the entire offseason program including OTAs and minicamp.

His refusal to sign the tender was tantamount to a holdout, even though he was technically a free agent and under no obligation to sign with the Packers. But at the same team, he couldn't sign with any other team unless he was prepared to sit out the entire season.

By sitting out the offseason program, Bigby lost ground to rookie safety Morgan Burnett and also perhaps prevented the Packers from diagnosing an issue with his ankle that later required arthroscopic surgery once he reported to training camp.

Bigby sat on the Physically Unable to Perform list for several weeks of the regular season and contributed sparingly for the rest of the season.

It was an unfortunate fall from grace for Bigby who played a large part in the Packers' run to the NFC Championship game in 2007, without a doubt his best season in professional football.

There is perhaps a fear that Jackson will follow a similar path to his teammate on the defensive side of the football.

Jackson didn't stand out as a feature back with the Packers when Ryan Grant went down to injury last season, though he did provide value as a third-down back as a pass protector and his ability to catch the ball coming out of the backfield.

Green now comes to the Packers with a reputation as a good receiver coming from Hawaii's spread offense. He'll need to work on his pass protection, but his sheer size (6-0, 225 pounds) should make him a good candidate to stand up to the pass rushers he'll be asked to block at the next level.

The Packers reportedly offered Jackson a one-year restricted free agent tender this offseason without knowing how the league's labor negotiations will play out.

Under 2010 rules, Jackson would a restricted free agent and wouldn't be eligible to sign with any other teams.

If there's a new CBA in place, however, it's possible that Jackson will become eligible for unrestricted free agency after four seasons in the NFL and free to sign with any team he chooses.

With Green now in the fold, the Packers have protected themselves on two fronts.

If Jackson refuses to sign his tender immediately like Bigby, he'll be losing ground to the newly drafted rookie getting reps in the offseason program.

And if Jackson happens to leave via free agency, Green will more than likely assume his role.

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asshalo's picture

"perhaps prevented the Packers from diagnosing an issue with his ankle that later required arthroscopic surgery once he reported to training camp."
That was one of the biggest stories at camp. Can't be overlooked.

jeremy's picture

"Atari Bigby, declined to sign his restricted free agent tender and missed the entire offseason program including OTAs and minicamp."

Not that I don't think he is a pain in the ass, but I had read Rosenhaus actually advised Bigby to sign the tender. That said Brandon Jackson is not really the answer at RB, so why not move on?

MarkinMadison's picture

Agents (and lawyers) often get blamed for their clients' poor choices. There can be a client expectation based upon how the agent markets himself, and his repuation based upon past successes. You don't go sign up with Habush & Rottier to get a $10K settlement. Rosenhaus could have told Bigby to sign, and Bigby could have looked at him and said, "I got you so you could do better for me than this, so go get me something better." And the next guy (B-Jax) may have the exact same thing in his head.

MarkinMadison's picture

Posted this on the other page a while ago, but I feel like Rosenhaus is the choice for players who want a contract that matches their egos, not their performance. B-Jax is sounding like a guy who wants a full-time starting job. Problem is, he could not nail down the #1 RB spot when it was his for the taking. B-JAx can blame it on the O-line or whatever, but Rosenhaus + B-Jax's apparent expectations - B-Jax's actual production = no deal.

Josh's picture

Name the players that do that.

TomG's picture

You are dead-on with every aspect of this piece Brian!

aussiepacker's picture

I wonder what the faces of James Jones and Brandon Jackson looked like after rounds 2 & 3? I remember reading a comment somewhere that JJ made a comment like we dont need another reciever when Jordy was drafted, so he probally broke out in tears after Cobb was?

bill dickson's picture

if i am the packers im drafting another wr in this draft.swain is a good guy but will never crack the lineup or be very productive. just saying.....2 lb,2 dt-dl,1 wr,1 cb.....any thoughts

aussiepacker's picture

Swain will never crack the lineup but he will always be a good special teams guy and with GJ,DD,JN,JF,AQ and now Cobb i dont think he needs to be anything else. But i would like to see taken in the last few rounds 2x DL,1xLB,1xCB,1xQB and 1xOC and thats in no particular order.

packnic's picture

I think you guys are under rating Jackson a Tad bit. He wasn't flashy but a very subtle important piece last year. I think James Jones and Brandon Jackson are safe despite these draft picks. If anyone should worry I think its Korey Hall and Brett Swain.

KurtMc's picture

B-Jax was never a #1 despite several cracks at it.

Rosenhaus is a dick who sells teams on players on their future "potential". He is a dick.

How many of his clients have actually panned out.

C-ya B-jax good luck. What does Drew command? 15-25% ???

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