New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss has hired agent Joel Segal to represent him as he enters the last year of his contract, NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi reported Thursday, citing a league source.
Moss, who has been selected to seven Pro Bowls during his 12-year NFL career, parted ways with longtime agent Tim DiPiero in May. The move led to speculation that Moss planned to represent himself, but the receiver quickly set the record straight, telling the* Boston Herald* that he split with DiPiero to more aggressively pursue off-the-field opportunities.
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"To all the agents out there, I am a free man!" Moss said then. "I am looking for a new agent. I got this football thing under control, but going into my 13th year in the league, I'm still marketable. I'm looking for an agent that's going to get me out there with my marketing ability."
Evidently, Moss believes that agent is Segal. As the president of BEST Football, Segal represents a stable of prominent NFL players, including Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush and Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell.
Moss, 33, has said he doesn't intend to retire soon. He also has said he doesn't expect the Patriots to re-sign him after the 2010 season, when the three-year, $27 million deal that he signed in 2008 expires.