Lombardi: Rosen-snake

Has super agent accomplished anything for his Packers clients?

So Javon Walker and Grady Jackson showed up after all. All that bluster and posturing was for what? Was the strategy their agent, Drew Rosenhaus, employed effective? It has not seemed to work yet. So far these players have only alienated themselves from the fans. So what has it accomplished?

I do not have warm feelings for Rosenhaus. I understand that he is only doing his job, but I think that he enjoys the limelight a little too much. It makes me wonder if he truly has his player's best interest in mind when he orchestrates these high-profile tactics. And I have to add that I enjoyed Ted Thompson's handling of this affair.

He did not get dragged into commenting much, if at all about the situation. It must of drove Rosenhaus crazy that he could not get a rise out of the Packers. Rosenhaus tried to bluff and the Packers did not blink. If this was Vegas, Rosenhaus would have lost the pot. But Green Bay is not Vegas and Rosenhaus did not have anything to lose, so it was no big deal for him to try.

Now the pressure is on Walker. If he struggles, he will hear it from the fans and his chance of getting out of the last year of his contract will drop fast. He might get a new deal but it might not be as lucrative as hoped for. Rosenhaus will be back in his Florida compound pulling his cell phone out of his you know what. He still gets his cut either way.

I do not think Walker will give anything but his best. Jackson on the other hand could be a different story. He is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list and is rehabbing his knee. He has not passed his physical yet and I know the Packers want him to be 100 percent before they put him on the field, but the longer he sits, the more I worry. I do not think he would dog it on purpose, but he is 32 and he is a big man. Big, old men tend to have more injuries and take longer to recover than younger fellows.

Getting back to Vegas, what are the odds that Grady Jackson makes it through the whole season without missing more than one game? I would not bet the house. Again, what is it for Rosenhaus if Jackson has a down year? He has nothing to lose but lost commission on a contract that might be negotiated.

This is why I see ego being part of all of this holdout news. Rosenhaus likes to be the center of attention and he does not care how he gets the notice. He has nothing to lose but some travel time and expense. He gets to jet around the country and be seen by the media and sound off on how great his guys are and how they deserve this and that.

When the story gets written on this season, these holdouts will probably not be mentioned. That is the way it should be. Rosenhaus and all the rest will be but a bitter memory and if Walker and Jackson play like they can, they will get their money and unfortunately, so will Rosenhaus.


John Lombardi

Editor's note: John Lombardi is the grandson of legendary coach Vince Lombardi. John resides with his family in Green Bay . His football experience includes stints with two teams in the World League (now NFL Europe); in the scouting departments of the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans; and graduate assistant coach and director of football operations at Vanderbilt. He will be contributing columns for PackerReport.com.


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