Rosenhaus is James' fourth agent

Updated: February 28, 2005, 4:15 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Indianapolis Colts tailback Edgerrin James has another new agent and Drew Rosenhaus has himself another high-profile client. Call it the marriage of a power runner with a power broker.

Edgerrin James
Running Back
Indianapolis Colts
Profile
2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
334 1548 9 51 483 0

Rosenhaus and league sources confirmed Monday that James, who last week dismissed Scott Parker, will now be represented by an agent who now has more clients than any of the agents certified by the NFL Players Association. Even in the ever-burgeoning galaxy of stars that comprise Rosenhaus' clientele -- he is now retained by about 90 NFL players -- James is a big catch.

"It just makes sense for a lot of reasons," said Rosenhaus, who like James, resides in the Miami area.

It is believed that Rosenhaus is now the fourth different agent to represent James since the star tailback entered the league in 1999.

While Rosenhaus has yet to talk with Indianapolis management, at least Colts officials now have someone to speak to in dealings with their perennial Pro Bowl runner. The Colts last week designated James a "franchise" player, assigning him a qualifying offer of $8.01 million on a one-year deal. General manager Bill Polian later lamented that the club had little recourse, since the player had no representation.

"We had no one to negotiate with and no one to tell us what Edgerrin was thinking," Polian said. "That is not the stuff of which (contract) agreements are made."

Colts owner Jim Irsay has consistently noted that his goal is to sign James to the kind of long-term contract awarded to the team's two other offensive stars, quarterback Peyton Manning and wide receiver Marvin Harrison. With Rosenhaus now conducting the talks for James, the Colts will be able to bargain with one of the league's premier dealmakers.

Even before the James-Rosenhaus accord, coach Tony Dungy was optimistic Saturday that a long-term deal could be struck before the start of training camp. There is some concern, of course, that James, who frequently skips much of the organized offseason work, could hold out if he doesn't land a long-term contract.

"Hopefully, we can get it worked out to where he's happy and we're happy, and it makes sense for both sides," Dungy said.

James, 26, has rushed for 7,720 yards and 51 touchdowns in six seasons. He has been over 1,200 yards in all but the 2001 season, a campaign in which he suffered a severe knee injury that limited him to just six appearances.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here Insider.

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