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07-16-2007, 04:17 AM
Wait and see with signing Steelers' Timmons
By John Harris
Monday, July 16, 2007

Want to be the first to place your head on the chopping block?
Go right ahead.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus took the plunge once already. He probably won't be so quick to do it a second time.

Rosenhaus represents tight end Greg Olsen, the No. 31 overall draft pick, who became the first first-rounder to sign.

Olsen inked a five-year, $10.6 million contract with the Chicago Bears on July 3. The deal includes almost $4.9 million in bonuses and is about 10 percent higher than what last year's No. 31 pick received.
Rosenhaus' other first-round client, Florida State linebacker Lawrence Timmons, still hasn't signed with the Steelers, who open training camp July 23 at St. Vincent College. Rosenhaus told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in May that "we have all the confidence" Timmons will be signed before camp starts.

Given the slow progress of negotiations for the other 31 first-rounders, Rosenhaus might not be so quick to get Timmons signed, despite the agent's bold guarantee.

Rosenhaus, who claims to have never had a first-round holdout, understands the importance of Timmons reporting on time.

Timmons is the inaugural first-round pick of new coach Mike Tomlin. He missed the majority of offseason workouts because of a groin injury. The last thing either side wants is for Timmons to report late because of his contract and have his development delayed any more.

Still, Rosenhaus' loyalty is with Timmons, not the Steelers. He owes it to Timmons to negotiate the very best contract.

One way for Rosenhaus, who repsesents more than 90 clients, to determine the true value of Timmons' contract is to allow a pattern of signings to develop before agreeing to a deal.

Instead of taking the lead as he did with the Olsen deal, Rosenhaus could simply wait for other players to sign.

For example, Rosenhaus might decide to wait for No. 14 selection Darrelle Revis of Pitt to sign with the New York Jets and/or No. 16 selection Justin Harrell to sign with Green Bay.

The process is known as slotting, and it would enable Rosenhaus to establish a market based on the players taken directly before and after Timmons.

Last year's No. 15 pick, Tye Hill (five years, $10.2 million including between $6-$7.7 million guaranteed), signed earlier than No. 14 pick Broderick Bunkley (six years, between $17.5-$25.1 million with $7.46 million guaranteed) and No. 16 pick Jason Allen (six years, between $24-$30 million with $7.8 million guaranteed).

Rosenhaus told the Tribune-Review last month that negotiations with the Steelers were progressing, although no contract offers had been exchanged.

In May, Rosenhaus predicted that negotiations for Timmons would heat up as training camp approaches.

Truth be told, the Steelers have Rosenhaus right where they want him.

Timmons' groin injury plus a holdout equals a wasted rookie season.

If Rosenhaus doesn't make good on his guarantee, guess whose side Steelers fans will come down on?

Link: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_517438.html

Hopefully he and Troy are both signed soon. They have about a week to sign him before camp opens.

07-16-2007, 12:21 PM
I hate these little games they play... look at last years #15 bump it up a little and sign the deal! The NFL should come up with their own scale for how much a player should get based on where they were picked, it would make things a lot simpler and speed up the signing process.

07-16-2007, 12:30 PM
I think that slotting is a good way to pattern first round rookie contracts.
But in order for that to work as desired the end picks (1,2,31,32) of the round must be signed earlier than they have been in recent years.
Hopefully Rosenhaus sticks to his word.
Timmons already has one strike against him with the injury.

Black@Gold Forever32
07-16-2007, 12:37 PM
Well if Timmons wants to contribute in anyway his rookie year then he needs to be in camp on time....Especially since he is behind the 8 ball already with missing mini camp with his groin injury....So the clock is ticking and Mr. Next Question better stick to his word. Really with his clients groin injury he has no leverage......I think at most Timmons could afford to miss the 1st week of camp....I hope a contract is reached soon......

07-16-2007, 10:16 PM
Let him play the wait and see game, and let him hold out. See if the Steelers ever draft another bust out of FSU, that's all they all they seem to produce anyways.

07-17-2007, 12:16 AM
this is what i hate about the nfl........... rookies shouldn't be allowed to negotiate a contract, they need to do it like the nba and have it set for the first rounders, **** all this signing bonus ****, who the **** do these players think they are?? they haven't played in the nfl and already demanding high numbers, it's bull ****...........