Keels Responds To Claims Of Fire-And-Rehire Arrangement With Andre Smith

In the wake of the news that Bengals tackle Andre Smith has fired agent Rick Smith and is poised to rehire Alvin Keels, whom Andre Smith fired several weeks before the draft, multiple league sources tell us that the firing and rehiring of Keels was planned.
Keels went on the record Tuesday night to dispute this allegation.
“I haven’t been rehired yet,” Keels told us via e-mail.  “Honestly, I might not get him back.  If I do get him back it definitely wasn’t planned that he fire then rehire me.”
In 2005, Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman dropped agent Gary Wichard shortly after the draft and then hired Carl and Kevin Poston.  At the time, the Poston brothers arguably were the most notorious agents in the business, and some teams were believed to be reluctant to draft or sign their clients.
And so the theory was that Wichard was set up by Merriman, who knew all along that he’d eventually land with the Postons, after he was drafted.
The difference between the Merriman case and the present case is that Merriman was at no point represented by the Postons before the draft.
The theory here is that, by firing Keels and hiring the more established Rick Smith of Priority Sports, Andre Smith proved to the teams interested in selecting him that the former Alabama standout was finally beginning to “get it.”
Keels disagrees.
“I don’t think Andre terminating me helped his draft stock at all,” Keels said.  “I have maintained the stance that an agent doesn’t play much in getting a player drafted outside of offering pre-draft advice and I believe the Bengals would say the same thing.  At the time Andre fired me there wasn’t much advice to give outside of what to wear for the cameras on draft day.”
We don’t necessarily agree.  Though Keels doesn’t have the same kind of negative reputation that the Postons endured four years ago, certain agents can cause a team to avoid a given player.
Moreover, there’s a chance that Andre Smith was being told by one or more other agents that he needed to fire Keels in order to persuade teams that Andre Smith acknowledged the errors that were made during the pre-draft preparations, including the bizarrely stupid decision to run a 40-yard dash while not wearing a shirt.
And there’s a chance that Andre Smith still wanted to deal with Keels.  And so there’s a chance that Keels and Smith agreed to the fire-and-rehire scenario.
Again, Keels denies it.  But other sources say otherwise.

9 responses to “Keels Responds To Claims Of Fire-And-Rehire Arrangement With Andre Smith

  1. The Bengals do it again. Another bust on it’s way. A player who’s too lazy to get ready and keep his weight down before the draft but who’d rather do some Machiavellian stunts instead.

  2. “The theory here is that, by firing Keels and hiring the more established Rick Smith of Priority Sports, Andre Smith proved to the teams interested in selecting him that the former Alabama standout was finally beginning to “get it.”
    Keels disagrees.
    I disagree as well Andre Smith clearly dosen’t get it.

  3. “At the time Andre fired me there wasn’t much advice to give outside of what to wear for the cameras…”
    He really said those words? After the fiasco of running at his pro day with no shirt on, he really had the gall to say those words?

  4. Did the hired/fired/rehired? agent orchestrate all of Smith’s pre-draft moves? The article doesn’t seem to say so. Keels is compared favorably to a Poston, but still may or may not be unsavory enough to move teams off a player, according to Florio, who is just trying to keep his word count up with this one.

  5. LenSp1,
    “The Bengals do it again”?? What exactly do the Bengals have to do with what Andre Smith does or doesn’t do with his agent? Also, Andre Smith weighed 337lbs when drafted. His playing weight is 330! Get your facts straight. A bust…….really…..maybe we should wait until he plays a down or two to start calling him a bust. Maybe the Bengals could have drafted someone that was lean, cut and freakishly strong who has no agent issues. Maybe a can’t miss guy like Tony Mandarich. An absolute sure thing right!!

  6. Who even knows what ‘get it’ means? Based on the context I’ve seen it in on this website, it’s some arbitrary idea of what a law-talking guy from west virginia thinks football players should do. aggressive representation is frowned upon by the fat white guys in control of the teams, and apparently by the white guy that runs this site as well. No offense Florio, but I wouldn’t hire you to be my agent, because I’d in up in indentured servitude to some NFL team, lest you claim I don’t ‘get it.’

  7. I don’t know what is worse the Bengals moves or the homer fans that defend these moves. Did someone really go Tony Mandarich? I am ashamed of my fellow Bengals fans. The pattern of questionable character continues under Marvin. Unfortunately too many fans defend these actions. With fans like that, there will never be real change in Cincinnati. I am here to let the world know there are realist Bengals fans.

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