Agent Drew Rosenhaus’ desire to sign Dez Bryant before the 2010 NFL Draft allegedly included a cash offer to one of Bryant’s advisors, according to a Yahoo Sports! report.
David Wells has accused Rosenhaus of breaking NFL Players Association agent rules and regulations by offering a cash payment and a trip to Miami for his help in signing Bryant. Rosenhaus eventually got Bryant to sign on the dotted line, but was fired earlier this month.
According to Yahoo Sports! Jason Cole and Rand Getlin:
The offers, through a series of text messages prior to the 2010 NFL draft, are apparent violations of the NFL Players Association's regulations on agents.Wells told Yahoo Sports! he came forward with the information because he is tired of a system that, “takes advantage of athletes, particularly African-American athletes.”
Wells, whom Bryant lived with in high school and parts of college, showed Y! Sports a series of text messages from an apparent Rosenhaus phone number starting in mid-December 2009 and ending in January 2010. In one of the messages, Rosenhaus allegedly offers Wells $10,000 to donate to a charity he works with.
According to Wells, Rosenhaus started contacting him around Thanksgiving 2009 in an attempt to sign the former Oklahoma State Cowboy as a client.
The progression of alleged messages from Rosenhaus – from a number that matches one on file for Rosenhaus – to Wells reads:
• Dec. 16, 2009, Rosenhaus wrote in a text to Wells: "Also will have 10K for you to give to your community center.."
• Dec. 17, 2009, Rosenhaus wrote in another text: "Dnt [sic] mean to put pressure but we want this bad ! Were ready to put u on a private jet and get this done.. Miami's callllinnnnnggggg!!!"
• Dec. 21, 2009, after Wells said he did not respond to Rosenhaus' text messages, the agent wrote by text: "Never heard back my man.. We raised the guarantee … You'll be happy.."
• Jan. 3, 2010, Rosenhaus wrote in a text: "Whatever it takes man … whatever … Just give us a shot."
During an hour-long interview with Yahoo! Sports, Rosenhaus answered "no comment" to 11 questions regarding his relationship with Bryant and/or Wells. Rosenhaus, who claims to represent more than 140 NFL players, cited the confidential nature of any agent-player relationship.