Free agent safety Nat Berhe has come to terms with the Steelers, he announced on Twitter.
He visited Pittsburgh this week.
Berhe, 26, spent his first four seasons with the Giants after they made him a fifth-round draft choice in 2014.
He played 15 games last season, making two tackles and a sack. In his career, he has played 38 games with two starts, making 35 tackles, a sack and forcing a fumble.
Meanwhile, Smith still wants to sell her third of the team. As PFT explained recently, some potential buyers have been interested, with at least one coming very close to closing the deal. Ultimately, however, no one has been willing to purchase the asset — possibly due in large part to the inability to establish a path to control.
With Strunk securing control under an apparent deal that consists of eventually giving control to Kenneth IV at some point in the future, no buyer of Smith’s 33-percent interest in the team would have any chance to eventually have any say at all over how the team is run. Which means that Smith could remain involuntarily stuck with her third of the team, indefinitely.
The fact that these issues haven’t impacted the management or performance of the team is admirable. Still, it continues to feel like the Titans are sitting atop a bomb with a very slow-moving fuse that the league could shorten considerably whenever it wants.
And make no mistake about it — Jackson has decided to go without an agent simply because he believes that there’s nothing for an agent to do when the time comes to negotiate a contract.
“I know coming in as a rookie, an agent doesn’t really negotiate anything,” Jackson told Jarrett Bell of USA Today. “You’re going to get the salary you’re going to get. I decided I don’t need him. He’s going to be taking a big cut out of my paycheck . . . and I feel I deserve it right now.”
It’s a horribly short-sighted and ill-informed decision, overlooking the fact that a good agent can get a player drafted higher than he otherwise would have been drafted, and paid more than he otherwise would have been paid. As part of this effort, a good agent can fend off the efforts of other agents to promote their own clients while knocking other players. (And, yes, that happens all the time.)
A good agent also can handle external threats to a player’s draft fortune. When Bill Polian was pushing the notion that Jackson should switch to receiver, a good agent could have tracked down Polian, explained to Polian that Jackson would not be moving to receiver, and politely asked Polian to knock it off. (And if politely didn’t work, a good agent would have handled the situation impolitely.)