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Rosenhaus shopping top wideouts
Posted Feb. 11 at 09:55 PM
Say this for agent Drew Rosenhaus: he's proactive. Rosenhaus reportedly sent a mass email to NFL teams letting them know that some of his most noteworthy clients, including wide receivers Plaxico Burress, Anquan Boldin, and Chad Johnson, are available via trade. Only problem is that Rosenhaus did so without the blessing or even awareness of at least one of those players' teams, and they're not happy about it.
According to a story in the New York Daily News, the Giants were livid about Rosenhaus offering up Burress, whose status with the Giants for next season is uncertain pending the outcome of his legal situation after a nightclub shooting last November. The Giants have indicated they're open to Burress returning next season, but they're also waiting to see how the legal concerns play out.
Of the three star wideouts, Boldin seems most likely to be traded, so maybe the Cardinals don't have a problem with Rosenhaus doing some of the legwork. Boldin's unhappy, the team has a high-quality No. 3 in Steve Breaston, and they could use a couple extra draft picks to upgrade their defense and/or running game. As for Chad Johnson, the Bengals reportedly turned down an offer for him last March (potentially two first-round picks from Washington) that was probably a lot better than anything they'll get this offseason, so it doesn't seem likely he'll be traded (particularly with T.J. Houshmandzadeh expected to leave via free agency).
Ultimately the alleged email may not have any effect on Burress' future with the Giants; the team was probably not counting on him anyway (although they also don't have another No. 1-type guy on the roster). It may, however, have a negative effect on their relationship with Rosenhaus -- important given that the Giants have been rumored as a potential landing spot for Boldin. Perhaps this incident will sour New York's desire to give another Rosenhaus client the mega deal he's looking for. It probably won't help.
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