The agent for Washington Redskins running back Stephen Davis has been decertified by the NFL Players Association, and one of his infractions directly involved Davis.
Dallas-based Steve Weinberg was decertified by the players union last week following two new infractions, NFLPA general counsel Richard Berthelsen said last night. Previously, Weinberg had received a reprimand and a fine for two other violations.
Davis was involved in the lesser of the new infractions when Weinberg collected a fee on a signing bonus payment early, which isn’t permitted.
Weinberg’s motivations for collecting the fee early related to the more serious transgression hiding his assets so that his former partner, Howard Silber, could not collect after a judgment against Weinberg went in Silber’s favor.
Weinberg hid his assets in an account in the Cayman Islands and immediately spent Davis’ fee. The courts then attempted to garnish the wages of Weinberg’s clients, and the NFLPA was forced to intercede on behalf of those players.
“We believe that is not the kind of conduct becoming a contract advisor,” Berthelsen said of Weinberg.
Davis said last night he hasn’t decided whether to get new representation.
Weinberg can appeal the ruling. The NFLPA offered to set a hearing Friday, but Weinberg had not accepted as of last night. If the penalty stands, he would not be able to represent players or apply for recertification for three years.
Redskins safety David Terrell, a pending restricted free agent, also is represented by Weinberg.
Weinberg’s situation doesn’t affect the status of Davis, who is in line to be cut by the Redskins later this month.
Suitors are starting to emerge for Davis, though free agency doesn’t begin until Feb.28. There are increasing indications that Dallas wants to sign the two-time Pro Bowl rusher. New England and Carolina are two other possible destinations.
Davis’ release will free up salary cap space to re-sign defensive tackle Daryl Gardener and pursue free agents. Safety Sam Shade is another expected veteran cut before the 2003 cap takes effect Feb.28. The earliest either cut could happen is Feb.20, when the waiver system resumes.
Note Berthelsen said the first meeting for the Redskins to collectively bargain their workman’s compensation complaint probably will be scheduled within the next month. The Redskins recently attempted to address the issue in the Virginia legislature but abandoned that effort when it became obvious they couldn’t win.