After seeing how much money Al Davis was willing to commit to Nnamdi Asomugha, ultra successful used car salesman Drew Rosenhaus decided to get a pony into the Oakland sweepstakes as well.
Rosenhaus made the announcement on Twitter that he has agreed to represent Oakland Raider left tackle Mario Henderson.
We are pleased to announce that we have signed Mario Henderson, starting left tackle of the Oakland Raiders as a new client.
Mario is a rising star at his position and we are excited to work with him. He is a FSU alum and played high school ball in Fort Myers.
(I love how Rosenhaus gives a shout-out to the city of Fort Myers, Florida, as if he’s trying to plant a demon seed in the mind of some freakishly athletic 12-year that might be living in Lee County)
Henderson inherited the starting left tackle position in 2008 after Kwame Harris was unable to stay healthy, remember a snap count or actually block anybody. Mario played well enough at the end of the season that head coach Tom Cable and offensive line guru Jim Michalczik stayed away from drafting a left tackle in a class with a plethora of talent at the position. The Raider brain trust instead opted to lean on Henderson and sign Khalif Barnes to keep Mario honest.
Henderson was a third round pick in an outstanding 2007 Raider class that includes JaMarcus Russell, Zach Miller, Johnnie Lee Higgins and Michael Bush.
With two years remaining on his rookie deal, expect Rosenhaus to play hardball with the Raider front office should his client continue the solid play he displayed at the end of ’08. Franchise left tackles are a premium in the NFL and the Raiders are already behind the eight ball no thanks to supposed left tackle turned stand out guard Robert Gallery. Don’t be surprised if Rosenhaus uses Gallery’s rookie contract as leverage and don’t be surprised if camera crews catch Henderson doing pushups on his front lawn as he performs a contract hold out in 2010.
From a career perspective, this is a great move for Henderson. From a fan perspective, this is bad news for Raider Nation.
My question is, what will Drew advise his client to do if the Raiders are unwilling to renegotiate his deal at the end of 2009?
Trust me, this will get ugly.
Tags: Al Davis, Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation, Fans, Popular, Featured Drew Rosenhaus JaMarcus Russell Jim Michalczik Johnnie Lee Higgins Khalif Barnes Kwame Harris Mario Henderson Michael Bush Nnamdi Asomugha Robert Gallery Tom Cable Zach Miller