Draft Prospects Playing Hardball?

<b>TFY Exclusive:</b> Its' always been known that agents play hardball when it comes to negotiating contracts for their valued clients, but what about the players about to enter the league.&nbsp; Today we uncover a few stories making the rounds you'll find interesting.&nbsp;

This time last year the rumor swirling around the NFLPA was Dewayne Robertson, the junior defensive tackle from Kentucky eventually drafted by the New York Jets with the fourth pick, made potential agents pony up $50,000 just for the opportunity to sit down with him.  The money seemed a bit excessive and the story gained little momentum but the concept remained.

Earlier this year the story making the rounds had Shawn Andrews asking potential agents for $10,000 up front.  This amount of money would guarantee a prospective agent the ability to make a presentation to the Andrews brothers if they wanted to represent Shawn and Stacey in the future.

We can tell you this much for sure; Kellen Winslow Jr. is requiring a $10,000 fee for agents that want a shot to interview with him and potentially represent the former Miami Hurricane when he is drafted.  Sources not only in Miami have told us such but other prospects who worked out at the combine last week reiterated much the same.

Ironically the NFLPA sent an e-mail to all its' members yesterday which read the following:

"Certain persons assisting prospective 2004 draftees are asking for money up front from agents as a condition to talking to their player about representation. In one case, the person has requested a $2500 cashier's check from each of five "finalists" who want to recruit the player.

The people demanding up front money are putting the agents in a position of having to violate the NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors. We are therefore advising all certified contract advisors to refuse to pay any money for "expenses" or any other reason, and to request back any monies already paid to any player or any other person assisting that player in his selection of an agent. If this is not done, the offending agent or agents will face possible discipline by the NFLPA Disciplinary Committee.

We also urge that anyone having knowledge of persons demanding money on behalf of players under these circumstances call or email the NFLPA Legal Department."

Gifts and favors have always been part of the game as agents try and secure potential clients but requiring a fee up front just for an interview has many in the NFLPA up in arms.

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