Poll of agents has Bruce Allen as least-trusted executive

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Washington’s Bruce Allen is the NFL executive that player agents trust the least in contract negotiations.

That’s the word from a poll of 25 agents conducted by USA Today, which found that Allen ranks dead last in how much trust he engenders from the folks on the other side of the table in contract talks.

Also ranking low on the trustworthiness scale were Dolphins executive V.P. of football operations Mike Tannenbaum, Broncos G.M. John Elway and Bengals owner Mike Brown.

On the other side of the coin, the executives that agents said they respect the most are Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Seahawks GM John Schneider, Colts GM Chris Ballard, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and Rams GM Les Snead.

60 responses to “Poll of agents has Bruce Allen as least-trusted executive

  1. Shocking to see Mike Brown on there. He runs his team like a family business and interacts with the players and their families a lot. He also rarely cuts a free agent signing outside of camp bodies. Part of that is probably not wanting to pay a guy who’s not playing for you, but still, a Bengals FA contract is basically fully guaranteed.

  2. Of course Seattles gm is on the list. He’s clueless, and their fan base is the newest, most obnoxious fan base ever. Well, were. They’ve already jumped to new teams as their football team is imploding. Back to being the doormat, Seattle!

  3. Poll means absolutely nothing without details. For all we know, the difference between the most and least trustworthy GM could be a matter of just two votes.

    And the NFLPA said there were 830 sports agents in 2017. If only 25 responded to a poll, that’s a pretty small sample size.

  4. Not reading into it but what builds “trust” between an agent and management? How easily you get what you want? I don’t see a lot of evidence of backstabbing or underhandedness, lying or cheating. If there were these would be the stories about these four men – and it isn’t. The league is (fortunately) pretty straightforward in how these things go nowadays, and few people are complaining about the contracts once their done. What is this based on? Just because you don’t like the guy?

  5. He learned from the Raiders.. Once a Raider always a Raider…

    Since the Raiders are bringing back old Head Coaches, old offensive coordinators, and old offensive Line coaches they might as well bring Bruce Allen back as well.

    Cast away in the desert is the perfect place for that dysfunctional vagabond, transient franchise.

    The Bay Area including Oakland belongs to the 49ers. Always has, and always will….but I digress.

    If Bruce Allen told me it was raining I would have to look out the window.

  6. If “Trusted” you mean willing to pay players what they want with little regard to the budget, well……….
    Trusted really means; follows through on what they say they’ll do……

  7. Colbert has lost a lotta credibility franchise tagging a RB 2 years in a row…a position that allegedly is overrated and easy to find/replace…if Belichek wouldn’t do it why would you…?

  8. Not only is Allen sneaky and slimy, he’s also pretty bad at his job. Awful actually. If he is judging Alex Smith on his record, then let’s look at Allen’s record too.

    There were picket lines in DC to fire Allen after the Scot M debacle. This has to be his last year … and don’t even think about throwing Doug Williams under the bus too.

  9. I am die hard Redskin fan. I don’t like Bruce Allen. But, after what the Ravens did to Ryan Grant, any player that agrees to terms of a contract with the Ravens before the official signing period next year now has to continue to negotiate with other teams until a contract is signed. You can’t get more “less trusted” than that.

  10. ozzie trained under belichick and both are known for their honesty and bluntness. blunt rubs weasels the wrong way and winning rubs losers and weasels the wrong way.

  11. When ever you have 10 or 32 of anything, you’ll always have one at the top and one at the bottom. They could be all trustworthy, they could be all shady. Unless this result is shared in the context of overall trustworthiness, it is probably not entirely fair to judge outright based on a relative scale.

    I wonder how GMs would rank agents…

  12. Colbert has not lost any respect. Anyone with an ounce of football knowledge understands how insane Bell’s contract demands are. Retaining Bell by tag for a couple more shots at a ring in Ben’s last years makes total sense. It also might be all Tomlin, wanting to retain that security blanket while running the rest of Bell’s wheels of…

  13. tylawspick6 says:
    April 19, 2018 at 9:39 am
    Belichick is simply a legend. Obviously.

    —————–

    Belichick is terrible at personnel. If he hadn’t stumbled onto Brady then his tenure with the Pats would looked a whole lot different. And stumble he did, few seem to take note that Brady was ONLY given a chance because of a season-ending injury to Bledsoe, who was 5-13 under Belichick, similar to his other teams. Had Bledsoe not gotten injured that it’s quite likely that Brady would have ended up on some other team ala the string of other backup QBs that have come and gone in NE.

    Belichick’s crowning achievement is his defensive prowess. But a quick glance at the Pats’ D over the past 10 seasons, and when Belichick hasn’t had A-1 talent, we can easily see that Belichick’s average defensive ranking is 19th in yardage D and 8th in scoring D. That latter one may seem OK, but consider, he’s also been in the AFC East that entire time, name one good QB from the AFC East since Brady’s been playing much less over the past decade? There isn’t one. As a collective, statistically the Bills, Jets, and Fins have had the worst collective offensive rankings of any arbitrary three teams on a year-to-year basis in any other division much less any three specific teams in any other division.

    The short of it is that the Pats have been thoroughly blessed to have been in the AFC East during those seasons. I’m not taking away from what Belichick has done positive, but it’s definitely a factor having been in that division unless one thinks that strength-of-schedule, particularly as it relates to divisional rivals, is irrelevant.

    Either way, personnel is not Belichick’s strong suit. With any other QB not named Brady or Rodgers, Belichick’s place in history would be somewhat different than it is now. If he had truly realized that Brady was anything even remotely approaching above-average he’d have yanked (or traded) Bledsoe before he got hurt and started Brady. That didn’t happen, his hand was forced, it wasn’t a conscious decision, which mitigates the credit he should get for it.

  14. Ok let’s poll the GMs now about the agents!
    Turnabout is fair play. lawyers should have a thick enough skin to handle it….well except for the millennial lawyers.

  15. TruFBFan says:
    April 19, 2018 at 9:29 am
    Not reading into it but what builds “trust” between an agent and management? How easily you get what you want? I don’t see a lot of evidence of backstabbing or underhandedness, lying or cheating. If there were these would be the stories about these four men – and it isn’t. The league is (fortunately) pretty straightforward in how these things go nowadays, and few people are complaining about the contracts once their done. What is this based on? Just because you don’t like the guy?
    —————

    I’m guessing you didn’t pay much attention to the kirk cousins negotiations

  16. belichick is known for his honesty, bluntness, and winning. among men that is, but weasels can’t deal with bluntness or honesty and whiners can’t deal with winning. hence the mommas boys cry cheater.

  17. I love everyone on here dissing this poll. I’m not saying you should be taking it as gospel, but when I look at the fortunes of the teams listed as having the least trusted GM’s and the most trusted GM’s, I see a bit of a pattern.

  18. Well, there’s a shock!

    Allen is a back-stabbing, dishonest weasel. Other than that he’s a great human being.

  19. akira554 says:
    April 19, 2018 at 9:21 am
    Poll means absolutely nothing without details. For all we know, the difference between the most and least trustworthy GM could be a matter of just two votes.

    And the NFLPA said there were 830 sports agents in 2017. If only 25 responded to a poll, that’s a pretty small sample size.

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    So your guy was on the bad list huh?

  20. Why is this not a shock? Because Allen works with the worse owner in the NFL in Daniel Snyder.

    Allen is nothing but a puppet with a hole in it’s back that Daniel Snyder sticks his hand in to make Allen’s mouth move. Period.

    Let me reiterate….Daniel Snyder is the worse owner in professional sports today. Bar none. He turned a once proud franchise into an every year laughing stock.

  21. As a Redskins fan I also distrust him. I want him to do well because he’s connected with my favorite team….but I cant help but feel like hi’s working on some strange agenda that doesnt have winning and fans as the top two concerns. Also the field sucks year after year. The stadium experience is continually degrading….and it started at poor. Its just a bizarre front office. At least they stood up for the name I guess.

  22. Patriots coach Bill Belichick being among the select few of most trusted sort of deflates the narrative of the detractors. His ex players deflate that narrative too. He’s hard to play for but he’s respected. That won’t stop detractors from clinging to the false fairy tales they repeat over and over again.

  23. And the skins bashing continues. There will come a day when this team puts it together and those in the media who have this obsessive vendetta against the organization will eat crow. What’s funny is they know how to get traffic on this site. Let’s talk negatively about the skins, and see what happens. So what the agents are saying is the skins are no longer throwing out money to any big name free agent, because they want to resign their own, and will not over pay on FA’s which means the agents will have to work harder to make their clients money. Oh, that’s how they make money too. LOL….keep up the hard line negotiation Bruce. It’s a fresh change from what this team has experienced in the past.

  24. ibillwt says:
    April 19, 2018 at 10:08 am
    belichick is known for his honesty, bluntness, and winning. among men that is, but weasels can’t deal with bluntness or honesty and whiners can’t deal with winning. hence the mommas boys cry cheater.

    ——————

    You forgot the jealousy other fanbases have towards BB. Deep down, they wish he was their GM and Coach.

  25. Re: to Bill B not being a good judge of talent? What are you smoking? Bill only wins because of Tom. Then why is it the Packers are not in the SB more often? They have the best QB in the game! The Pats draft at near the bottom every year for the last decade and yet they are in the hunt every year. How? Oh they only do it because they cheat? Give it a rest! The Pats rank below average on the cheating chart!
    Bill is cold and emotionless when building the team. Is it right? It is if the goal is to win it all every year. I hope the Raiders stay on track and build a winner.

  26. Southpaw says:April 19, 2018 at 9:56 am
    Ryan Grant didn’t pass his physical. Get over it.
    ============================

    LOL,if you believe that, then I have some swamp land to sell you

  27. He was our coach…but he quit! (just like a quitter always does…just ask his wife)

    signed;
    NYJ

  28. The Analytical Kid says:
    April 19, 2018 at 10:02 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    April 19, 2018 at 9:39 am
    Belichick is simply a legend. Obviously.

    —————–

    Belichick is terrible at personnel. If he hadn’t stumbled onto Brady then his tenure with the Pats would looked a whole lot different. And stumble he did, few seem to take note that Brady was ONLY given a chance because of a season-ending injury to Bledsoe, who was 5-13 under Belichick, similar to his other teams. Had Bledsoe not gotten injured that it’s quite likely that Brady would have ended up on some other team ala the string of other backup QBs that have come and gone in NE.

    Belichick’s crowning achievement is his defensive prowess. But a quick glance at the Pats’ D over the past 10 seasons, and when Belichick hasn’t had A-1 talent, we can easily see that Belichick’s average defensive ranking is 19th in yardage D and 8th in scoring D. That latter one may seem OK, but consider, he’s also been in the AFC East that entire time, name one good QB from the AFC East since Brady’s been playing much less over the past decade? There isn’t one. As a collective, statistically the Bills, Jets, and Fins have had the worst collective offensive rankings of any arbitrary three teams on a year-to-year basis in any other division much less any three specific teams in any other division.

    The short of it is that the Pats have been thoroughly blessed to have been in the AFC East during those seasons. I’m not taking away from what Belichick has done positive, but it’s definitely a factor having been in that division unless one thinks that strength-of-schedule, particularly as it relates to divisional rivals, is irrelevant.

    Either way, personnel is not Belichick’s strong suit. With any other QB not named Brady or Rodgers, Belichick’s place in history would be somewhat different than it is now. If he had truly realized that Brady was anything even remotely approaching above-average he’d have yanked (or traded) Bledsoe before he got hurt and started Brady. That didn’t happen, his hand was forced, it wasn’t a conscious decision, which mitigates the credit he should get for it.

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    What nonsense, the Bledsoe injury was not when Belichick got Brady, he had done that the year before and had been coaching him up to develop him into their long term answer QB. The Bledsoe injury was soimpky when he decided to use Brady as the new starter and decide he did because at the time Brady was third string and a choice had to be made if he was ready to step to the front. Belichick even took a lot of criticism at the time for playing Brady when there were other choices. But it does apoear to gave worked out ok.

    As far as his personell decisions he is great at those, not perfect but still great. He does not go for the splashy names the fans all equate with greatness he builds depth. A lot of his critics are down on him saying he cant get the big name guys, but they dont understand that he doesnt want to, because those guys are expensive. Belichick spends just as much money as any GM but he spreads it out more so hat the team is a deeper talent pool rather than rolling the dice on a few top players. He feels that if only a few of yoyr guys are good an opponent will simply exploit the rest, so he makes sure everyone is goid. He also knows if you gave too many eggs in one basket you can lose a seasonif that basket gets injured. The depth he builds makes the team better ride out the inevitable injuries. He counts on a certain percentage every year and is only hurt if the injuriy count far exceeds that percentage or if to many of them are at one position where it drills through his depth. Folks can criticize that method all they want but the botyom line us it produces a constant top contender where the bad years (when the injuries cant be overcome) are an afccs or SB loss. Most teams would dream of getting as far as the conference finals before getting eliminated, and getting there even once. For the Patriots losing at that level is what counts as a vad year and they always get there. Their bar is set entirely different from the rest of the league.

  29. I have less faith in what an agent says than I do a politician. Who cares what they say. As the saying goes….you know how to tell when an agent (lawyer) is lying? His lips are moving.

  30. how about a poll on least trusted owners?? id be shocked if the little guy didnt make it a clean sweep for the Washington NFL franchise…

  31. If agents are so virtuous and “trustworthy” then why do players fire them all the time.
    Also if agents are so pious, why do we hear stories about how agents have ripped off players earnings and investments?
    No one trusts lawyers…that is a fact.
    I’d trust a GM before I’d trust any lawyer.

  32. If Bruce Allen told me it was raining I would have to look out the window and see if Dan Snyder was hiding in the bushes with his thumb in the end of a garden hose pointed at the window.

  33. The Patriots have had the most players named to the Pro Bowl in the NFL since 2000. They’ve also had the 4th most players named 1rst team All Pro during the same time period. Oh, and they’ve been to 8 SBowls. So I can understand all the people that claim Belichick is a bad personnel guy and lousy drafter(@the end of each round). Genius, I tell ya.

  34. Look at the source. Say what you want about Mike Brown, he won’t give you a sexy 150 million dollar contract with 85 guaranteed, but he is a man of his word and if you sign a deal to play for the Bengals you will see all of that money. Besides Pacman Jones this season, I can’t remember the last time a player who signed a fa contract not see the end of that deal. In an age where you sign a deal and are cut after 2 years into a 5 year deal that is saying something. Oh and Colbert being at the top after he how he has simply screwed Le’Veon Bell with 2 years of franchise tag after playing out his rookie deal is just wrong.

  35. worst GM, Owner and Franchise in the league hands down…feel for the skin base to have to pay big bucks for this circus year to year.

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