With the NFL Combine and free agency quickly approaching, Colts tight end Dwayne Allen and inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman have reportedly hired agent Drew Rosenhaus to represent them. NFL Media's Rand Getlin first reported it this morning, and the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder has since confirmed the news.
Why is this news? Granted, it's a small tidbit, but it's worth noting two things regarding Rosenhaus: he's known for getting some pretty lucrative deals for his clients, and more importantly in this situation, he seems to have a solid working history with Colts general manager Ryan Grigson.
Last offseason, for example, one of Rosenhaus' clients - Frank Gore - signed a free agent deal with the Colts, while another one of his clients - Darius Butler - re-signed with the Colts. Perhaps the most notable example, however, is that of T.Y. Hilton, as Rosenhaus negotiated a 5-year, $65 million deal for the young star receiver during training camp. He was in Anderson at a few Colts practices last year as he negotiated Hilton's deal, and he's obviously negotiated several deals with Grigson.
This doesn't mean that Freeman and/or Allen are for sure staying, as there's still a long way to go in the process. But the two players are readying themselves for their next contract by hiring Drew Rosenhaus, one of the biggest agents in the business, and while nothing is certain, it's hard not to notice the history between Rosenhaus and the Colts. That certainly could give more reason for optimism that perhaps the team will be able to work out new contracts with two of their biggest free agents this offseason - but, like with so much around this time of year, we'll have to wait and see. The NFL Combine is often a time where agents and teams discuss contracts for potential free agents, so perhaps there will be another meeting between Ryan Grigson and Drew Rosenhaus in the near future.