Chat with Drew Rosenhaus
Rosenhaus represents at least one player on 29 of the teams in the NFL and over 100 players. In 1989, he registered as a sports agent and, at 22, was the youngest registered agent at that time. Over his career, he has negotiated over $1 billion of NFL contracts.
His recent book "Next Question: An NFL Super Agent's Proven Game Plan for Business Success" came out in September.
Send in your questions now and then join Rosenhaus at 12:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday!
Buzzmaster (12:24 PM)
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Buzzmaster (12:38 PM)
Drew is on his way over!
Drew Rosenhaus (12:40 PM)
Good to be back. Always enjoy doing these chats. Good to connect with the fans and hear what the pulse is out there.
Eric from Milwaukee
How are you able to spend adequate time with all your clints across the board?
Drew Rosenhaus (12:41 PM)
I have 107 active clients. I'm very busy, No. 1. I spend a lot of time texting, making phone calls, and traveling. I make a point of visiting everyone of my clients during the season, in person, by going to their games. I go to 2 NFL games, usually, every week. I always go to the Monday night games and one on Sunday. And now I might go to the Thursday game for 3. I always go to the Miami home games. That's how I service them all. I'm constantly communicating with them.
Drew, what kind of question can I ask you to give me a "next question"?
Drew Rosenhaus (12:43 PM)
Let's use the one that the Philadelphia media threw at me, which I mention in my book. They start off by saying what have you done for Terrell since he signed with you, other than get him kicked off the Eagles? That's a joke. The more contemporary question is who is your favorite client?
Mr. Rosenhaus, does it ever bother you that your perception among the general sports public is that you're an #$#?
Drew Rosenhaus (12:44 PM)
I would say it does bother me, because I know it's not accurate. My public reputation is very misleading in that if people really got to know me, they would see that I'm a family first guy who's all about doing good things for my clients. I'm interested in making a positive contribution to the NFL. I'm in this business to be a good guy, not a bad guy. People were very positive towards me when I rescued a little boy from drowning in Orlando, but forget those things and remember the very controversial topics I'm associated with.
Can you get me a raise at my job?
Drew Rosenhaus (12:46 PM)
If you work for the Eagles, yes. What's your position with the Eagles? Although I can't think of any players with the name Neal. But you can pick up my book "Next Question" which does have some good negotiating tips for the everyday business person. I'd reccommend that.
What type of education would one pursue in order to become an agent?
Drew Rosenhaus (12:47 PM)
Well, it's a requirement now a days to have a college degree and a postgraduate degree to represent NFL players. If someone is interested in NFL players, I would go to law school. I think law school is the best preparation. In terms of practical learning, I would recommend interning at a law firm that deals with representation of athletes, entertainers.
Are athletes really worth the contracts that you negotiate for? Don't you think that money is ruining the game, in that players would rather make more money than compete?
Drew Rosenhaus (12:48 PM)
I think the athletes are worth the money that they receive. They're hard workers that are risking their lives. I've had clients that have suffered very debilitating injuries. They're out there entertaining a huge fan base. They're out there with huge revenues. If the owners are making lots of money, why shouldn't the players? I think each player is one in a million to get to that level. They make extreme sacrifices and they deserve the money, if not more.
Sam (Lake Bluff, IL)
I heard you like the Cheesecake Factory... Care to speculate?
Drew Rosenhaus (12:50 PM)
I would say that I eat in almost every restaurant chain you can think of in the US. I spend a lot of time meeting with my clients and teams in restaurants. The Cheesecake Factory I like because my clients tend to like it and it has a broad based menu. I don't eat cheesecake, because I stay in shape. My favorite there is the turkey burger.
Dan (San Jose)
What kind of adjustments will you have to make when the NFL adopts a rookie wage scale, a'la the NBA?
Drew Rosenhaus (12:51 PM)
I think that one thing I've become proficient at as an agent is adjusting to any changes in the collective bargaining agreement. If they made changes in the rookie wage scale or salary cap, it is something we would respond accordingly and still get the best deals for our clients. It's something I hope doesn't happen. I don't think it would be good for the game to take the money away from the rookies.
Hello Drew, What do you think is your Number 1 Trait that makes you a great Agent and something you believe agents need to succeed?
Drew Rosenhaus (12:52 PM)
I would say my No. 1 trait would be my dedication. I am very dedicated, I work extremely hard. I put in a lot of time, a lot of hours. I've been an agent for 20 years and it's dominated my life. I'm not married. I don't have any kids. I am not involved in any other jobs. It's my passion to work hard for my clients. That's how I spend the bulk of my time.
Drew, What do you like to do in your free time?
Drew Rosenhaus (12:53 PM)
Let's see, in my free time, go out on dates with the lovely ladies of South Beach. That would be No. 1. No. 2, spend time with my family. My parents live in south Florida. My brother and sister are married with kids. I like to work out. I do karate. I lift weights. But I would say I try to find time on airplanes to read comics and Stephen King novels.
Where do you see Ocho Cinco next year? How long is he under contract with the Bengals?
Drew Rosenhaus (12:55 PM)
Well, he has a few more years under contract with the Bengals. I think it's very much up in the air where he'll be next year. Going into this season, there was some speculation if he would be traded. We tabled that discussion until after the season, but we agreed that the fundamental issues that we discussed would come back up when the season is over. Those haven't gone away. It will be interesting to see what happens to Chad. I'd say it's up in the air. If it were up to Chad, I'd say he'd stay in Cincinnati.
What's been your most satisfying contract negotiation?
Drew Rosenhaus (12:57 PM)
That's tough. I would have to say Terrell Owens. With Terrell, we started out at rock bottom when the Eagles released him. Then we were able to find a blockbuster deal with the Cowboys not once but twice. He was released and then got a blockbuster deal and an extension. But it's hard to distinguish them because there are so many. Every time I'm able to get a good deal for a client, that's satisfying, but that stands out.
Drew Rosenhaus (12:58 PM)
(The question here was: "Nate (Madison) Anyway you can get in contact with CC Sabathia and tell him to take the 5yr, 100mil deal from Milwaukee even though it's probably well under the Yanks next offer? Figured I'd try to ask even if it's not in your quote in quote sport.") I only represent NFL players, but I appreciate your passion. I have had a lot of clients over the years take less money to stay in a city and a team that they were happy with. It's not something that I would advise in going with the highest bidder. The team that you're in the relationship with your coaches, the success you've had, it can't be about the money. If all of those things apply for CC, I would reccomend he stay in Milwaukee.
Jake (VA Beach)
Does anything change for you with Obama's elections? I read it might change negotiations before the year's up.
Drew Rosenhaus (12:59 PM)
Not really. I think negotiations are going to fundamentally stay the same. Obviously, no one likes higher taxes, but it's a worthwhile compromise to have a great leader and to see the country rebound. The bottom line is that most of my clients aren't too concerned about taxes. They just want to see the country prosperous and see it moving in the right direction. I'm not a financial planner, I'm a negotiator. It's unlikely that much will change in negotiations.
Are You and Scott Boras friends? What do you think is the biggest difference in "work style" between you 2 Super Agents?
Drew Rosenhaus (1:01 PM)
I've only met Scott Boras once. We did a TV show together. I really don't communicate with him or any other agents. I focus on my business and what I'm working on. I don't focus on my competitors. As far as the difference to other agents, I really don't look at others styles. I concentrate on what I'm doing in my company. I never have anything negative to say about my competition. I think it looks bad when other agents knock their competitros. That was one of the things about the presidential election that I didn't respect.
Drew Rosenhaus (1:02 PM)
It's a lot of fun interacting with the fans. I always appreciate the opportunity to let people see that I'm a normal guy like everyone else. The more opportunities I can humanise myself the better. I appreciate the questions especially the ones about the behind the scenes.