DeSean Jackson may be the latest superstar athlete to sign with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.
Early on Sunday, it was reported that Jackson had fired his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and now USA Today has learned that he is interested in joining Hova’s ranks.
A person who spoke to USA Today upon condition of anonymity states that Jackson is thinking beyond the gridiron this time.
The person informed of Jackson’s plans said Jackson’s dabbling in the music industry (he owns a record label, Jaccpot Records) is part of his reasoning for wanting to join Roc Nation.
The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Jackson’s interest in joining Roc Nation, which is currently trying to prove to the NFL Players Association the firm didn’t violate the union’s “runner rule” during the recruiting of Smith. Jay-Z is not a certified agent, which means he can’t recruit a player to sign with the firm for contract representation.
Rosenhaus managed to wrangle a 5-year, $51 million contract for Jackson prior to the 2012 season. However, the deal does not guarantee a cent after the 2013 campaign, and apparently Jackson has been thinking about finding new representation for months.
In fact, he reportedly stopped paying the fees owed to Rosenhaus and hadn’t been in communication with any of the members of Rosenhaus Sports Represenation.
Recently, Rosenhaus stated that he was looking forward to the head-to-head competition with Jay-Z. If Roc Nation starts pulling athletes currently signed with Rosenhaus, the king of the sports management world may be thinking twice about his previous statement.