NFL Agent Disagrees Stars Should Have Input; Felt James Harden ‘Nuked’ Rockets

Bleacher Report

The standoff between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers during the offseason led some to wonder whether the NFL is heading toward a player empowerment era like the NBA has seen in recent years.

For one agent who works in the league, allowing star quarterbacks such as Rodgers to have meaningful input on personnel decisions may not be sensible.

"Why is that a necessity? Look at the NBA," the agent said to The Athletic's Ben Standig. "James Harden was basically given GM powers by the Rockets, and he nuked the organization."

Harden and the Houston Rockets had a messy divorce. The franchise painted itself into a corner by attempting to cater to the nine-time All-Star. Houston's championship window closed when it traded Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook in 2019.

It's worth noting the Rockets reached the Western Conference Finals twice during the Harden era and were one win away from the 2018 NBA Finals. It was the most successful run for the organization since its back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995.

All things considered, building everything around Harden worked out well.

The larger point is that it's unlikely the NFL will reach a point where star players can wield the kind of institutional power Harden exerted in Houston.

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