Emmanuel Sanders’ agent blasted for shady negotiating tactics.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders recently signed a three-year deal with the Denver Broncos via free agency. Sanders fired his previous agent, Jordan Woy, before the free agency process began. He then hired Steve Weinberg to represent him.
In a nutshell, it is believed that Weinberg verbally agreed to a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, used that deal as leverage when negotiating with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and then blew them both off (and a meeting with the San Francisco 49ers), and accepted the deal from Denver.
Now that this situation has been made public, more facts are coming to light about Weinberg’s history as an agent, and apparently this isn’t the first time he’s been at the center of controversy.
Via Yahoo Sports:
Another NFL official told NFL.com, “This was one of the worst situations in modern football negotiations. Totally wrong. This needs to be stopped.”
It almost was previously. Weinberg was recently reinstated by the NFL Players Association, which had barred and decertified him back in 2003 because Weinberg reportedly had diverted assets to an offshore account illegally during a dispute with a former partner of his. Weinberg in turn sued the NFLPA, claiming it illegally stripped him of certification for eight years, also seeking lost income.
“When a man gives you his words and pulls out,” one executive told NFL.com, “then gives another team your word and pulls out, then gives another team his word … Not proper.”
It is unclear whether or not the Chiefs will pursue action against Weinberg, but this may shed an unwarranted negative light on Sanders himself. Sanders has been a class act thus far in his career, so hopefully the actions of his agent don’t reflect upon him as a person.
Sanders set career highs in receptions, yards, and touchdowns in 2013, and will look to be a significant weapon for Peyton Manning in 2014.