First Round NFL Deals May Take A While
I’d like to think that there is nothing true about this post, but I am not naive enough to believe that it is far from reality. The post was written by Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com. He claims that the reason there have been so few 2009 1st round NFL Draft selections signing is because the agents for the players selected are in a battle to see who can one-up the other. I have no problem if this is a plan to get their 2009 clients the best deals possible, but if the motive is to have ammo to fight other agents off in recruiting 2010 draft clients, well then I feel bad for their current clients.
Apparently there is a big battle between Athletes First and CAA, and both firms are waiting to see what Eugene Parker does with Michael Crabtree’s contract (pick #10). The agencies with first round picks should be careful not to extend this process too long. It is okay when a few players hold out of camp, but if practically the entire first round of picks is sitting on the sidelines, we will start hearing more cries for a slotting system like the NBA uses on first round picks. And NBA agents often do not take a cut on the first contracts of first round picks. NFL agents would lose a lot of sleep over that idea.