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ST Coordinator – Joe Marciano

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"(12:01 AM): Weekend rook roundup? It didn?t take long for many players chosen at the 2005 draft to be introduced to the speed of the pro game as the majority of teams held their rookie minicamps this past weekend. Of course, there wasn?t any real hitting, but there were several interesting storylines. At Cincinnati, for example, former Georgia DE David Pollack, the Bengals? first pick this year, worked at an OLB position. While it was a new position for Pollack, the 17th player selected overall this year, Bengals? head coach Marvin Lewis was impressed, commenting that Pollack was ?farther ahead than any player I ever had coming in at that spot?? Baltimore also reportedly hopes to one day convert former Oklahoma DE Dan Cody, the Ravens? second round pick this year, to strong-side LB, however, for now Cody has been penciled in as the rush-end opposite DE Terrell Suggs in passing situations? Meanwhile, former Miami WR Roscoe Parrish was reportedly the star of Buffalo?s minicamp this past weekend as the 3rd round selection made several circus catches; CB Eric King, a 5th round pick also drew some praise from the coaches? Another AFC East 3rd rounder, MLB Channing Crowder of Miami, was reportedly the best player on the field as new head coach Nick Saban held his first workouts with his new team. Indeed, Saban said of Crowder, who slipped into the 3rd round because of concerns about his knees, that he ?did a fantastic job? with the former Gator showing plenty of athletic ability as well as some innate leadership skills. Dolphins? undrafted free agent TE Alex Holmes also received some kind words from the coaches? Out in Arizona, there were several intriguing one-on-one matchups between WR Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals? top pick in 2004, and this year?s #1 CB Antrel Rolle. Fitzgerald reportedly got the best of things, although Rolle did reportedly come on as the weekend progressed. A second Cardinals? rookie CB, Eric Green, a 3rd round pick this year, wasn?t as busy as he missed the final two days of workouts because of a sore hip flexor muscle? With some questions about their receiver corps, a lot of attention was focused on the two WRs Green Bay selected at this year?s draft, 2nd round selection Terrence Murphy and 6th rounder Craig Bragg, however, the best rookie receiver at the Packers? minicamp was reportedly unheralded undrafted free agent Vince Butler of unfashionable Northwest Oklahoma State. Meanwhile, C Michael Hawkins, the Packers? surprise 5th round selection, was literally all over the place; the speedy Hawkins picked off a couple of passes, but also was beaten for three long TDs?At Detroit, the Lions reportedly liked what they saw from their 2005 rookie class, starting with WR Mike Williams, the 10th player selected at this year?s draft, although the former USC star has a lot of learning to do to pick up the west coast offense the Lions run; a couple of undrafted free agents: FB Will Matthews and TE Jason Randle also drew praise from the Lions? coaches? Chicago is still reportedly pinching itself that former Purdue QB Kyle Orton, who threw the ball with authority this weekend at the Bears? minicamp, was still on the board when the team made its 4th round pick?Tampa Bay was also reportedly impressed with the accuracy and arm strength of undrafted free agent QB Jared Allen, while 7th round WR Paris Warren was also solid."

Far and away from the sound and the fury. . .

May 3rd, 2005, 9:24 pm
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Far and away from the sound and the fury. . .

May 3rd, 2005, 9:37 pm
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I thought this was hilarious...more Rosenhaus, more F ups. The guy needs to be banned from being an agent.

Speaking of Rosenhaus, as his profile continues to reach unprecedented levels, a logical consequence is that there eventually will be a backlash, both from other agents and from the teams who are unhappy with his tactics.

And although we've tried to see both sides of the issue (but tend to agree with the notion that a contract is a contract lest it would be called something other than a contract), we wouldn't be fulfilling our mission if we didn't mention a situation from 2004 that an increasing number of NFL insiders are talking about as Rosenhaus continues to ruffle feathers both in the agent community and in NFL front offices.

Florida's Guss Scott, a safety, was a third-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2004. The Pats, who are one of the handful of teams who insist on five-year deals for mid-round picks, initially worked out a contract with Rosenhaus that would have paid Scott a signing bonus of $625,000 plus salaries of $230,000, $305,000, $385,000, $460,000, and $545,000.

The contract was reported to the league office, but due to a language technicality the deal was scuttled. We're told that the Pats increased the bonus money the second time around in exchange for the removal of some out year escalators -- but Scott refused (on Rosenhaus' advice) to sign the five-year deal, opting instead for a one-year contract for the minimum salary of $230,000.

No bonus. No guarantee. No nothing.

And, of course, Scott promptly blew out his knee.

This time around, Scott signed another one-year deal with New England, for only $235,000, and he'll get the money only if he makes the team. Since the Pats face no bonus acceleration because Scott had no bonus, they can cut him loose at any time with no cap consequence, and pay him not another dime.

So by foregoing his signing bonus in the hopes of hitting free agency sooner than five years into his NFL career, Scott suffered an injury that could, in the end, prevent him from ever getting paid like he would have gotten paid if he'd merely pocketed the big-money bonus and collected $230,000 in salary last year and $305,000 this year.

Sure, it was a calculated risk, and our goal here isn't to bash Rosenhaus for playing the odds and losing. But the reality is that, as Rosenhaus signs more and more clients who previously were represented by other agents and then holds those guys out for more money, more and more folks will scrutinize every single move he makes, and they'll use any misstep -- actual or perceived -- against him.

That's precisely what's happening with the Scott situation, and there's a growing throng of league insiders frothing at the mouth for Drew's next boo-boo.

May 3rd, 2005, 10:09 pm
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