Let me start this off with a disclaimer: If you don’t read SR’s Fab Five over at Pewter Report, you’re missing out. You can check out the latest edition here, which includes the interesting bit of information I’ll discuss below.
In the Fab 5, Scott Reynolds refers to the relationship between CAA Agent Ben Dogra and Buccaneers’ GM Mark Dominik, and how it may have been the deciding factor in the signing of wide receiver Steve Smith. Smith was known to have a severe injury concern, and wound up retiring shortly after joining the Buccaneers, so there was clearly another force at play when it came to offering a contract to the less-than-healthy version of a previously productive receiver.
That force was the CAA and Ben Dogra. Dogra represents Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, and newly signed Dashon Goldson, and the deal for Smith was likely a favor for Dogra, and an easy paycheck as an offering of goodwill from the Buccaneers in hopes for consideration in future dealings. Dogra and the CAA represent most of the biggest names in the NFL that aren’t with Drew Rosenhaus, so building a positive relationship with them will clearly help the Buccaneers going forward.
And it may come in handy sooner than later. The Buccaneers will almost certainly deal with Dogra again in the future, considering that no other agent represents as many first round draft choices as he does. With the Buccaneers retaining their first round pick in 2014, and the outside possibility of a quarterback being the target in that draft, having a positive relationship with Dogra could be beneficial when it comes to sealing the deal with that first round pick. Not to mention the current NFL players Dogra represents, who could be targets for the Buccaneers in the near future as they seek to continue to build back into a perennial contender.
Dogra got a payday for helping Steve Smith land one last contract, and that will hopefully not be forgotten by the powerful agent should the Buccaneers ever come calling for A.J. Green, Luke Joeckel, or any of his other superstar clients.