14th September 05:11
Money players may pose issue for Pats ....
Milloy and Law's agent, the reason behind the no budging jargon .....
The Pats' Pro Bowl defensive backs, cornerback Ty Law and strong safety
Lawyer Milloy, carry two of the heftiest contracts on the team and both
employ hard-line agent Carl Poston.
Currently, Law counts approximately $8.8 million against the Patriots'
salary cap, Milloy about $5.6 million, both massive numbers that will only
grow next year. Law is signed through the 2005 season, Milloy through 2006.
So it's natural to assume the Patriots might approach Poston to renegotiate
both deals, which wouldn't register as a news flash because NFL contracts
are regularly restructured (see Ted Johnson and Willie McGinest). Yet it's
the presence of Poston and his brother/co-agent Kevin - whose client base
includes Redskins linebacker Lavar Arrington, Raiders cornerback Charles
Woodson and Rams holdout tackle Orlando Pace - that makes this situation a
Will Poston even meet the Patriots at the negotiating table? And if he does,
will there be a reasonable dialogue? The Rams discovered this offseason how
difficult it is dealing with Poston. After naming Pace its franchise player,
St. Louis hoped to work out a long-term deal for the Pro Bowl left tackle
but team officials were astounded when Poston reportedly asked for an $85
million deal with a $24 million signing bonus.
Realizing negotiations were going nowhere fast, the Rams essentially gave up
and traded for Saints star Kyle Turley. Meanwhile, Pace hasn't shown up for
the team's offseason program and possibly won't play this season. Poston has
asked for a trade but that's unlikely.
Rams head coach Mike Martz fired a public salvo, saying: ``I think there
would have been a propensity of interest (in Pace), or certainly a potential
for that, if it wasn't for the Postons. But everybody knows how it is with
them. . . . Nobody wants to deal with the agent.''
The Patriots must deal with him and, as the only team in the NFL with two of
its highest-paid players represented by Poston's Houston-based Professional
Sports Planning firm, that can't be a comforting thought.