Why do we listen to agents?

I suppose we don’t have a choice, because it’s the nature of this business in a world with such short news cycles that anything we can get our hands on becomes a story. Still, it bothers me that we continue to listen to — and put stock into — the supposed gospel of agents.

We’ve fallen victim to this on countless occasions, the most recent in the NFL world taking place this fall when Drew Rosenhaus used the media in an attempt to drum up interest in Terrell Owens by stating that one team was “very interested” in his most famous client.

Owens never found a job.

Today, Randy Moss’ agent took a page from Drew’s book. Joel Segal told¬†PFT Live¬†that three teams have called him about the now unretired Moss in the last day.

I don’t buy it. And if you do, I’m guessing you also believe that your buddy Mike can stop smoking whenever he wants.

I’m done with listening to agents, particularly when what’s coming out of their mouths only serves to advance their and their clients’ interests. I realize that agents are also behind the vast majority of the anonymous reports we see in sports media, but that’s why you have to tread carefully with such reports.

I’d venture to guess that most of the stories spurred by anonymous sources who are agents end up flat out wrong.