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07:05 AM ET 01.02 | The next stop for Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater may well include a meeting with a mogul. [Bridgewater] is also strongly considering picking Roc Nation Sports and rapper Jay-Z to represent him. Two sources said Wednesday that Bridgewater has been talking to Roc Nation, which is owned by Jay-Z, about serving as his agency. He is the third prominent college football underclassman to be linked to the relatively new firm that Jay Z started in late 2012. In addition to Bridgewater, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley have been mentioned as having interest in Roc Nation. ... Hundley's father denied that his son was in contact with Roc Nation, although multiple sources maintain there were inquiries by representatives for Hundley.

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January 2, 2014  08:36 AM ET

He's just starstruck by Jay-Z. Not a good way to make a business decision.

January 2, 2014  08:47 AM ET

I think this is a fantastic thing. His contract will not change based on his agent. The NFL scale is set. Jay Z is excellent at making him a brand name. Kevin Durant signed with him after getting his contract for the same reason.

January 2, 2014  08:47 AM ET

#1 pick to Houston?

January 2, 2014  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's just starstruck by Jay-Z. Not a good way to make a business decision.

I think that could be said for a lot of RocNation's clientele.

January 2, 2014  09:18 AM ET

I don't know who Jay-Z is but I picture a posse wearing hoodies with Glock's stuffed in their pants showing up in a conference room to negotiate. Might be an effective method. Nothing scares old white men like a Gangsta.

January 2, 2014  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I don't know who Jay-Z is but I picture a posse wearing hoodies with Glock's stuffed in their pants showing up in a conference room to negotiate. Might be an effective method. Nothing scares old white men like a Gangsta.

This might be cause for a heart attack for Jerry Jones- put them on the next flight to Dallas! All kidding aside, Jay-Z is a pretty scrupulous business man. He has turned his rap career entire an empire of clothing, entertainment and marketing. I can see quite a few of the more high-profile athletes signing with him because he knows how to set up a brand.

January 2, 2014  09:32 AM ET

If it were important that I GAF, I would consider it.

January 2, 2014  09:35 AM ET

Does Jay-Z understand their is a rookie scale and no amount of posturing is going to change that? Does Bridgewater know?

January 2, 2014  09:39 AM ET

NFL is a much different beast than MLB when it comes to contracts. I think I'd be going with Drew Rosenhaus before an unproven Jay-Z.

January 2, 2014  09:44 AM ET
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Does Jay-Z understand their is a rookie scale and no amount of posturing is going to change that? Does Bridgewater know?

That's what the Glock's are for.

January 2, 2014  09:56 AM ET
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NFL is a much different beast than MLB when it comes to contracts. I think I'd be going with Drew Rosenhaus before an unproven Jay-Z.

He doesn't have to worry about a contract for 4 years. Jay Z is very good at getting endorsements. He can always drop him in 3 years.

January 2, 2014  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I don't know who Jay-Z is but I picture a posse wearing hoodies with Glock's stuffed in their pants showing up in a conference room to negotiate. Might be an effective method. Nothing scares old white men like a Gangsta.

The only problem is that owners have been known to avoid players depending on their agent or agency. A team might want a certain player, but do they want all the contractual theatrics ? The only players that really need agents are those players that reach celebrity status. Otherwise why not work your own deal and save money by not having to pay the agent ( leech, parasite ).

If a player starts getting a bunch of companies that want him to endorse their product or show up on talk shows and other celebrity events and they feel overwhelmed then the player might want an agent. Just last night I heard that the coach of Michigan St. might be offered a job as a coach for another team. His response was " Call my wife, I don't have an agent".

Ask Terrell Brown ( San Francisco 49ers ) how important his agent was to him. His agent forgot to tell him that if he showed up for OTA's and training camp on time it would be worth $2,000,000.00 in bonus pay to him. He didn't show up and complained that no one told him, he lost out on $2,000,000.00 .

January 2, 2014  10:18 AM ET
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The only problem is that owners have been known to avoid players depending on their agent or agency. A team might want a certain player, but do they want all the contractual theatrics ? The only players that really need agents are those players that reach celebrity status. Otherwise why not work your own deal and save money by not having to pay the agent ( leech, parasite ). If a player starts getting a bunch of companies that want him to endorse their product or show up on talk shows and other celebrity events and they feel overwhelmed then the player might want an agent. Just last night I heard that the coach of Michigan St. might be offered a job as a coach for another team. His response was " Call my wife, I don't have an agent". Ask Terrell Brown ( San Francisco 49ers ) how important his agent was to him. His agent forgot to tell him that if he showed up for OTA's and training camp on time it would be worth $2,000,000.00 in bonus pay to him. He didn't show up and complained that no one told him, he lost out on $2,000,000.00 .

So out of like 2000 NFL players, there is one example of an agent making a mistake. Agents are necessary because the owners are shrewd business men who would screw these 22-28 year old young men who have no business experience. The owners are the real leeches and parasites in this situation.

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January 2, 2014  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I don't know who Jay-Z is but I picture a posse wearing hoodies with Glock's stuffed in their pants showing up in a conference room to negotiate. Might be an effective method. Nothing scares old white men like a Gangsta.

Obviously you are speaking from experience, because only someone who was old and white would not know who Jay-Z is.

January 2, 2014  10:32 AM ET
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Obviously you are speaking from experience, because only someone who was old and white would not know who Jay-Z is.

Touche

January 2, 2014  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The only problem is that owners have been known to avoid players depending on their agent or agency. A team might want a certain player, but do they want all the contractual theatrics ? The only players that really need agents are those players that reach celebrity status. Otherwise why not work your own deal and save money by not having to pay the agent ( leech, parasite ).

Perhaps that's true when you're an established player hitting free agency.

I'm not sure it really applies to draft picks in the upper rounds. I feel like teams are more likely to skip a player because of history with attitude/legal/drugs than because of the agent.

January 2, 2014  10:55 AM ET
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So out of like 2000 NFL players, there is one example of an agent making a mistake. Agents are necessary because the owners are shrewd business men who would screw these 22-28 year old young men who have no business experience. The owners are the real leeches and parasites in this situation.

A players rookie contract is pretty much set in stone there is no need for an agent unless like I said that player is a celebrity before he gets drafted.

Agents are not businessmen they are lawyers.

If agents were such great businessmen for their clients then how would you explain all the players that end up broke within 10 years after their final professional game.

The sad part is that many of these NFL players are as ignorant about money management as the day they left High School.

If you are on a practice squad do you need a contractual lawyer ? Do you need one if you are a 2nd or 3rd stringer ? Like I said, 95% of all the rookies drafted do not need an agent for their first 4-5 years in the NFL.

If you have a good owner like Eddie DeBartolo was, he has always been willing to help all his players with advice and business connections.

My advice to all players entering the draft. Get rid of the entourage and the agent.

January 2, 2014  11:02 AM ET
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I think this is a fantastic thing. His contract will not change based on his agent. The NFL scale is set. Jay Z is excellent at making him a brand name. Kevin Durant signed with him after getting his contract for the same reason.

Good point. It's less about the pay "on the field" and more about off it. And like him or not, Jay-Z can help this kid make a buck off the field.

 
January 2, 2014  11:13 AM ET
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Good point. It's less about the pay "on the field" and more about off it. And like him or not, Jay-Z can help this kid make a buck off the field.

He'll be in Jay-Z's next music video.....

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