Baker Mayfield’s connection to Brett Favre may end with this Instagram photo:
Mayfield eventually signed with agent Tom Mills of Capital Sports Advisors — an agency with a less star-studded client list — for a more personal approach.
“We pitched the size of our firm as an advantage because we told him we’re not going to have any potential conflicts with another quarterback. You’re our guy. We’re all in with you.’ I think that was important to him.” Mills told The Coloradoan earlier this year. “We have a personal-service approach. We’re not the biggest group and we’re not trying to be the biggest group. But we’re going to devote a ton of attention to you and make sure you get the best result you can possibly have.’’
Mayfield is expected to be off the board early in the first round (possibly to the Browns at No. 1 overall) of Thursday’s NFL Draft.
The 61-year-old Childress, who also is working as a Bears offensive consultant, joins Orlando’s Steve Spurrier as the Alliance’s first two official head coaching hires in what will be an eight-team league. As first reported by Sporting News, Rick Neuheisel is expected to get named head coach of an AAF squad in Southern California.
“When I accepted the job and thought about what it would take to bring this city a championship, I knew that I needed to bring Michael Vick back to Atlanta,” Childress said in an AAF news release. “His connection with the city is undeniable and his 13 years of NFL experience will make him a tremendous asset to our team.
“I saw first-hand his innate ability to bring out the best in those around him, and I’m confident that together we’re going to build something special for the city of Atlanta.”
One of the most dynamic quarterbacks in NFL history, Vick led Atlanta to one NFC title game (2004 season) and another playoff appearance (2002) in seven seasons. But prior to the 2007 campaign, Vick was prosecuted for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring and sentenced to 23 months in prison.
The Falcons were red-faced from having made Vick the focus of their marketing efforts, as well as the quarterback’s cozy relationship with team owner Arthur Blank. After trade attempts proved fruitless, Atlanta cut Vick before his release from prison.