Randy Moss has finally decided on an agent to represent him for what will likely be the last big contract of his career. Moss has hired Joel Segal of BEST Football, which boasts clients such as Reggie Bush, Michael Vick, Lee Suggs, Will Smith (the Saints defensive end, not the actor/singer), and Chris Johnson. Aside from Moss, Segal represents Patriots Gerard Warren and Brandon Tate. You can scope out the full list of clients by clicking here. Moss has said this offseason that this will likely be his last with the Patriots because the Patriots “don’t pay,” though the deal he got a few years ago was certainly at market value. I think Vince Wilfork would also disagree with that sentiment as well, though Logan Mankins is probably on Moss’ side. Contrary to popular belief, the Pats do pay, they just don’t usually overpay. Mankins has certainly been given a reasonable offer, but he is being unreasonable in his demands.
Given Segal’s ability to garner big contracts (he negotiated Smith’s $70 mill deal and Levi Brown’s $62 mill deal), it’s likely that this will be Moss’ last season with the Pats. Randy is looking for his last big deal and Segal is the type of agent that can get it for him. Now, all hope is not lost, as he has negotiated fair deals before with the Pats (Tate and Warren). Who is Joel Segal? He was rated the ninth most influential sports agent earlier this year by Business Insider. Here is a quick profile of Mr. Segal that I was able to find:
“Joel Segal is an American sports agent and the president of BEST Football . Segal has used his law degree and background to become one of the most powerful sports agents in the world. In 2010 Segal was recognized as the 9th Most Powerful Sports Agent in America by Business Insider Law Review . In 2008 Segal was named the 14th Most Powerful Sports Agent by Sports Business Journal . The super-agent has negotiated numerous record-setting contracts, is one of only two NFL agents to represent multiple first round draft picks each year for the past five years 2006-2010 and has represented 20 first round draft picks since 2001.”
The bright side here is that if Randy Moss wants a big contract after this season, he’s going to have to perform on the field, and he has already indicated that he is primed and ready to go. A motivated Moss is a good thing for the Patriots and Tom Brady, so let’s hope that they can make the most of him this season while still returning some balance to the offense.