Originally Posted by dryheat44
I doubt very much that Belichick would not draft the player he wanted to draft due to his representation. This is a business, and there's not much room for letting personal feelings get in the way of best business. BB recognizes Condon (and the Postons) is doing his job, just as Condon realizes BB is doing his.
I'd think this was the overriding principle, yes. At the same time, though, I think BB would try to avoid putting his FO guys in a bind by picking a rookie whose rep would be likely to make outrageous demands and have the player hold-out through OTAs, camp, etc. I mean, I'm sure there are agents who drive a hard bargain but still find a way to get their clients to show up for work during negotiations. And then there are guys who will have their clients hold-out till West Texas freezes over no matter what and who will make a disproportionate stink over every detail.
Also, I don't think there are any rules preventing a team from informally "pre-negotiating" with a player's agent before the actual pick is made, are there? I mean, along the lines of ...
BB tells his FO, "Hey, I really like both Watt and Heyward, but I prefer Watt. I know we've had trouble with Condon in the past. How much trouble will he cause us if I take Watt?"
Then, the FO goes to Condon to ask "What kind of number range are we looking at if we pick your kid?"
Condon responds in a way that seems flexible and within reason, OR Condon responds with "We want 83 gazillion $$ with $80 gazillion up front and not a penny less or we hold out the entire season if necessary." In the second case, I can see BB saying, "Well, then, screw Condon. I'll just take Heyward."