When free agency is underway, NFL fans often wonder how some teams are left empty-handed despite the team having plenty of money to spend. Well, that has a lot to do with how willing players and their agents are to wheel and deal with a team's front office.
And on that note, USA Today conducted an anonymous poll of 25 agents on the trustworthiness of executives around the league, and Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen ranked dead-last.
The poll is based off how executives handle contract negotiations, and Allen got absolutely roasted by its participants. When looking at the Kirk Cousins situation over the past couple of years, in which the quarterback had to be franchised-tagged twice due to the team's inability to hammer out an actual contract extension, the proof is in the pudding.
Miami Dolphins executive VP of football operations Mike Tannenbaum, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, and Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown round out the rest of the bottom four.
On the flip side, Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome ranks as the most respected team exec among agents. New England's Bill Belichick and general managers John Schneider (Seattle Seahawks), Chris Ballard (Indianapolis Colts), Kevin Colbert (Pittsburgh Steelers), and Les Snead (Los Angeles Rams) make up the rest of the elite tier behind Newsome.
Poll of agents has Bruce Allen as least-trusted executive https://t.co/C27GUl1MjP— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 19, 2018
In that same poll, Washington is ranked as the worst-prepared team in the NFL when it comes to front office negotiations.
It all just makes you think-- since Dan Snyder is a terrible, awful owner, things must just start at the very top.