Signings continue in run-up to draft, free agency
Rosenhaus Sports has signed Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown, a projected first-round draft pick, and is representing two veteran NFL players who could get big free-agent deals if they are not franchise tagged.
Brown was ranked No. 7 last week on ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay’s mock draft. Drew Rosenhaus represents Brown with agent Robert Bailey.
“He’s a dominant defensive lineman, but he’s also a super guy off the field,” Rosenhaus said. Brown won the Lott Impact Trophy, given to the nation’s best defensive player who demonstrates character as well as excellent on-the-field performance.
Rosenhaus Sports is also representing Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin; Florida defensive lineman Jonathan Greenard; Michigan safety Josh Metellus and linebacker Josh Uche; Miami cornerback Trajan Bandy and linebacker Shaq Quarterman; and Ohio State linebacker Malik Harrison. Agents Drew and Jason Rosenhaus and Bailey and Ryan Matha are representing the players.
As for veterans, Rosenhaus also represents Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaq Barrett, who just won the Deacon Jones award, given to the league’s best pass-rusher, and Jack Conklin, a former first-team All-Pro, both of whom are set to become unrestricted free agents unless they receive the franchise tag.
“Both players are young and at coveted positions,” Drew Rosenhaus said. “Ideally we would be able to get a deal done with either one or both [with previous teams]. No one wants to get franchised.”
NFL clubs can designate a franchise player between Feb. 25 and March 10. Both players would consider re-signing with their teams from last season if they make it to free agency, Rosenhaus said. “Both players have the chance to become the highest-paid players at their position,” he added.
■ A3 SIGNS DRAFT CLASS: Allegiant Athletic Agency has signed several players for representation in the NFL draft, including Clemson’s Tee Higgins, one of several wide receivers expected to be selected in the first round. ESPN’s McShay had him ranked No. 24 on his mock draft last week.
NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter said, “He’s going to win jump balls with his height, length and strong hands. The combine will be big for him because people want to see his short-area quickness for route-running.”
A3 NFL agents Chad Speck and Isaac Conner are representing Higgins.
Additionally, A3 has signed Auburn defensive lineman Marlon Davidson and safety Daniel Thomas; Florida defensive back Jeawon Taylor; Tennessee linebacker Daniel Bituli and defensive end Darrell Taylor; and Wake Forest offensive lineman Nate Gilliam. Agents Speck, Conner, Jimmie Strong and Che Mock are representing the players.
■ EXCEL SIGNS HERBERT FOR OFF-THE-FIELD: Excel Sports Management has signed Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert for marketing and other off-the-field work. Excel partner and agent Alan Zucker is representing him.
Herbert, who is represented on the field by Athletes First, had a busy Super Bowl weekend, including appearances with Bridgestone, SAP and JBL.
■ CAA SPORTS SIGNS FINNEY-SMITH: CAA Sports has signed Dorian Finney-Smith, who is now the starting small forward for the Dallas Mavericks, after not being selected in the 2016 NBA draft.
NBA agent Michael Tellem will lead the team of agents at CAA Sports who will represent Finney-Smith on and off the court. He was formerly represented by Pro Partner Sports Management.
For this NBA season, Finney-Smith is averaging 9.5 points per game, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists, and leads all wings in offensive rebounds.