'Pacman' switches agents

Friday, May 6, 2005 at 1:00am

Adam "Pacman" Jones has barely made the switch from college to the NFL, but he has already made the switch in agents.

Jones, a client of Gary Wichard when he left the University of West Virginia a year early to enter the NFL Draft, is now a client of agent Michael Huyghue.

Huyghue is best known for having been in the Jacksonville Jaguars front office from 1994-2001 before leaving and decided to pursue the agent angle.

As for why Jones made the switch, neither Huyghue nor Wichard cared to comment on the details.

"It's never good to get into that, but he thinks we're swell suited to do the job, and he had to make a decision that was in his best interest," Huyghue said of the Tennessee Titans first-round pick.

Wichard, who politely declined comment about the situation, has had a good track record dealing with Titans general manager Floyd Reese over the years. Wichard represents Keith Bulluck and also is the agent for former Titans Kevin and Andre Dyson.

Veteran players often switch agents when it comes time to seek a new contract. However, a rookie who still has yet to receive his first contract is a bit out of the norm, but apparently something that has become more common in recent years.

"I think in the past few years, you're beginning to see a little more of that kind of thing," Reese said. "When you're a first-round pick, you're going to have a lot of agents knocking on your door."

Huyghue said the occurrence is not all that uncommon a practice either.

"There are several other players taken in the first round last year and the year before that have done it," Huyghue said. "I wouldn't say it's customary, but I wouldn't say it's unusual either."

As for his part, Reese says a switch of agents shouldn't be a major change for him when negotiation time comes. He simply has to wait for a letter giving him official notice of a change in representation.

"I wouldn't think it would be a problem," Reese said.

Likewise, when negotiation time comes, Huyghue, who negotiated contracts for the Jaguars during their glory days, doesn't expect problems or any holdouts where Jones is concerned.

"When I was a GM, Floyd and I competed against each other to get players," Huyghue said. "So we're used to dealing with each other. When I was a GM, I always liked working with agents, and when you work with good, competent people, it makes the process go better.

"When I was a GM, I think we led the league in getting guys signed. I had one holdout in eight years. I appreciate that factor, and I think it's important to get the player in camp on time."

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