MANKATO – Bryant McKinnie’s decision to make a change in agents and hire Drew Rosenhaus came as a surprise only because the Vikings left tackle remains years from negotiating his next contract.
In 2006, McKinnie’s now former agent, Ben Dogra of CAA, negotiated a seven-year extension worth $48.5 million with just under $18 million in guarantees. That puts McKinnie under contract to the Vikings until 2013. So why switch agents now?
“I’m just trying to change a lot of things that have been going on with my career, starting with my agent,” McKinnie said. “I’ve just watched him over the years. He gets a lot of things done that I want to get done so I want to see what they can do with me.”
Rosenhaus’ relationship with McKinnie goes back to when McKinnie was playing college football at Miami. Rosenhaus is based in Miami and McKinnie still spends plenty of time in Florida. McKinnie also has interests outside of football and last April became involved in a joint venture with former Pretty Ricky vocalist Pleasure P on a record label called Swagga Entertainment.
Said Rosenhaus: ”[McKinnie] indicated to us that he was just looking to make a change and had heard some good things about us over the many years that he has been in the league from our clients. As I mentioned, he’s great friends with a number of our clients. Too many to mention. We’re excited to have the privilege to work with a guy that I think is one of the best players in the league at his position and is going to have many, many great years in the NFL.”
Rosenhaus, who was in Mankato on Monday, made it clear McKinnie’s decision was not contract related. “This has nothing to do with respect to his contract or anything else,” Rosenhaus said. “It’s just purely, in his mind he wanted something different. We’re very honored to be working with him. It’s only a positive situation for us and we have nothing but the greatest respect for him.”
Rosenhaus represents six other Vikings players, including wide receivers Bernard Berrian and Sidney Rice, and spent time talking to Vikings vice presidents Rick Spielman and Rob Brzezinski and other team officials during the afternoon practice.