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High-profile agent Drew Rosenhaus, who lost DeSean Jackson as a client last month after negotiating a five-year contract for Jackson worth more than $48 million, has filed a grievance against Jackson claiming the two-time Pro Bowl receiver owes him nearly half a million dollars.
Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday night that Rosenhaus alleges in the grievance that Jackson owes him more than $400,000 in unpaid loans.
Rosenhaus negotiated Jackson’s current five-year, $48.5 million contract, which included a $10 million signing bonus and more than $1 million in 2012 salary, including $750,000 in base salary and $253,410 in a workout bonus.
That deal was finalized on March 15, 2012, but Jackson fired Rosenhaus late last month. The NFLPA currently does not list an active agent for Jackson.
An agent trying to recoup money from a former client would file a grievance with the players association, since any loans between the two parties are strictly governed by the union.
Rosenhaus didn’t return a message left with him by CSNPhilly.com. An email to the communications director of the NFL Players Association wasn’t immediately returned.
Jackson spoke in vague terms about Rosenhaus after the Eagles’ minicamp practice Tuesday, before news of Rosenhaus’s grievance broke (see story).
“I think the best thing for me was to move different ways and to part that way,” he said. “Not to bad talk anyone and not to downplay anyone, but for myself, I just think that’s the best thing for me to do … to move forward and just really look forward to this big year.
“Coming up, this is going to be a huge year for this team and for myself. That’s where my focus is at. I’m not going to make it a big deal. I want the focus to stay on this team and the things we’re going to do this year. … Once that sitaution is handled, everyone will know about it. But until then, it still goes undisclosed.”
Jackson, 26, has 274 catches for 4,785 yards and 23 touchdowns plus four punt returns for touchdowns in five NFL seasons. He made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2010, his two 1,000-yard seasons. Injuries limited him to just 11 games last year.