Davenport hires Rosenhaus

He helped orchestrate Mike McKenzie's holdout and eventual trade. He's orchestrating Javon Walker's holdout. He is Drew Rosenhaus, and he's back in the news.

Rosenhaus has been hired to be the new agent for backup Packers running back Najeh Davenport, according to The Green Bay News-Chronicle.

While the McKenzie ordeal was bitter and Walker's situation could wind up that way, Rosenhaus gave assurances that Davenport wouldn't be walking out on the team and would be in attendance during the June minicamp and when training camp commences in late July.

"He won't miss any (practice) time or anything. But it would be, I think, productive for both sides to get a long-term deal done," Rosenhaus said.

Davenport entered the off-season as a restricted free agent. The Packers used a low-round tender worth $656,000, and with no takers around the league, Davenport - working with former agent Michael Harrison - signed the one-year contract last month.

With Davenport headed toward unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2005 season, Rosenhaus says a long-term contract would be in both parties' best interests.

"If he gets into free agency, all bets are off," Rosenhaus said. "He's definitely a player that's capable of being a quality starting running back in this league. I'm hopeful of working something out with the team before we get into the season."

Davenport's worth on the open market depends a lot on his health in the upcoming season.

Last year, as the primary backup to Ahman Green, Davenport rushed for 359 yards on 71 rushes - a gaudy 5.1-yard average - and two touchdowns. He missed five games with hamstring problems, however, including three straight early in the season.

He got one start in place of Green and had the type of game that made teams around the league take notice. Against St. Louis on Nov. 29, Davenport rushed 19 times for 178 yards and a touchdown.

There was little interest around the league during the off-season, however, because Davenport rushed for only 181 yards - and less than 3.5 yards per rush - in the other 10 games he played.

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