Bell came on 106.7 again. He said every agent surveyed happened in a phone conversation so he got them to expound on various things in the conversation.
As for Bruce the word he harped on some agents "mistrust" him and don't take him at his word. Taking this interview and other one he had and combining those thoughts. Some agents don't see Bruce as someone they can trust in a negotiation to keep to his word, he will break promises and or give you some surprise twists.
The Ravens and Patriots like Bruce came in as hard negotiators but the difference is you know where they are coming from and you can take them at their word. With Ozzie for example being honest and you can go back and forth with him and he will tell you as it is and they respect that.
If so, it gets to what I extrapolate from Lombardi's comments from working with Bruce -- he tries to get one over the agents but they end up getting the last laugh.
It also makes me think of Grant Paulsen's narrative that he heard directly from the horses mouth that there are many stories about the negotiation which were turnoffs. Among them, Bruce told them a new offer is coming. A week later they get sent the exact same offer they got previously.
Sarcasm not directed at anyone but just using it to bring home a point in a way that's fun for me. Ok, Grant doesn't like Bruce and neither does this and that guy and that guy and that guy and that guy and that guy and that guy. All these sources we've laid many times on this thread. So their credibility is in question. But seriously, how did Bruce earn these detractors? Grant one day was hanging out at Redskins Park and said you know what Bruce is such a cool guy -- wouldn't it be fun if I can flip his reputation where I describe him as the opposite for how he really is -- for no reason at all. Just for kicks.
If we learn later that it was all some grand conspiracy leveled at Dan and now Bruce who are both the innocent fall guys -- it will be one heck of a story for the ages. Because there would be many people as part of the intricate plot. How it all came together to malign their reputation will be a story for the ages. It will be like the old James Bond movie where the villain explains their whole diabolical plot. And the people you thought were the bad guys -- we find out at the end were truly the good guys and vice versa but we fell for their diabolical-sophisticated plot.
On Dan we got his ex-coaches in on the act, along with the people who covered him, and some of his ex-employees -- even the friendly to Dan employees conceded various stories about how he pushed for this and that transaction. The cleverness of the plot against Dan is the use of multiple sources both friendly and unfriendly to make it all LOOK credible.
Dan's has gone under cover. Has he reformed? You got me. We usually don't find out until the new regime arrives. But for the moment, Bruce is the one in the line of fire. Bruce is getting the old Dan treatment -- so maybe that's the dead giveaway? He's got multiple ex-employees who worked with him, Tampa reporters, DC reporters, national reporters and now agents slamming him. Some national media types got in on it too ranking his competence towards the bottom of the league. We even got a posed choir boy type QB playing good cop publicly in the negotiation for years and then to learn later that Bruce was really the good cop all along.
The level of sophistication for this plot to all come together is impressive. I'd assume years of planning. And its weird that guys like Schaffer and other people within that front office has escaped all of this type of scrutiny. Maybe they are the ones pulling these strings --double agents perhaps?