Kellen Winslow and the Drew Rosenhaus Effect
Kellen Winslow has been suspended for statements that General Manager Phil Savage determined detrimental to the team. Winslow is represented by Drew Rosenhaus, who is pretty much despised by the NFL.
I recall another fairly similar incident involving another of Rosenhaus' clients: Terrell Owens.
On Nov. 1, 2005, Owens made some disparaging remarks about Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. The club immediately demanded that Owens apologize. The receiver made a statement that wasn't the apology that coach Andy Reid wanted. In fact, Owens never mentioned McNabb by name.
Fed up with Owens, the Eagles suspended him indefinitely. The suspension ended up lasting four games, the most allowed under the agreement with the player's union. When it ended, Owens was cut and the rest is history. He's now Jerry Jones' headache.
Winslow, like Owens, immediately played the victim when disciplined. Like most of Rosenhaus' clients, he feels the right to give his views publicly when talking privately to his team would better serve him.
I hope a new day is dawning in the NFL. One in which it is demanded of players to play the game, get paid, and allow their bosses to run the franchise. I find it ludicrous to publicly complain because your boss didn't check on you when you were sick.
A Drew Rosenhaus client always seems to be treated "like a piece of meat" when they want more money. They're not being utilized properly. They're being slighted. It's becoming tiresome.
The Browns, in my opinion, paid Winslow entirely too much when he came out of Miami. They let him keep his entire $16.5 million bonus, although they could have demanded much of it back after the motorcycle accident, the one that allowed him his first year's salary to perform rehab.
This time the "Rosenhaus Effect" will not work. It seems that the Cleveland Browns have had enough of K2 and he'll play elsewhere next season. Maybe Dallas. Jerry Jones seems to be the new Al Davis. The owner who's willing to sign problems in the hope of winning.
Finally, the Browns are making a correct decision.
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