Super Mario hires a Super Agent, time to ca$h in

Mario Henderson meets Drew Rosenhaus, this will get ugly

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?

We know exaclty how Rosenhaus will answer that and any other question.

Trust me, this will get ugly.

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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

  • Luis Enrique

    This season Henderson must prove if he can handle the left tackle position, if not we can go a draft a LT in the next year and move Henderson to the right side.

    If Henderson deserves the money i don’t have any problem, let Rosenhaus and Henderson try to get a long and big contract, i prefer that instead of see Raiders paying big money to crappy players like Javon, Kwame Harris, Michael Huff, or Sands.

  • Black Hole Fan

    The real question is: Can Drew Rosenhaus get nastier than Al Davis? – I put my money on Al.

  • Big Raid

    Henderson better be careful, He still has a lot to prove, not to mention Barns and Pears are on Roster. I still think Gallery could play LT in the ZBS. Henderson could find himself off the Raiders..

  • peteo

    not that this has anything to do with the Raiders but I lived in Ft Myers for a few years and there is a lot of football talent there in the high school ranks. I cant remember the kids name but he is supposedly deion sanders’ nephew and he plays at West Virginia as a rb. the kid has gobs of talent but trust me, he will be in trouble with the cops before too long. he already has a rap sheet as long as my arm and I wont be the least bit suprised to see him go the route of Plaxico. he’d be a great fit for the bengals.

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