New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead switches agents in mid-negotiation while pursuing a long-term contract.

Wide receiver Willie Snead has earned the respect of fans in New Orleans. The former Ball State player has put up respectable stats with 141 grabs averaging 13.3 yards on each in his two season with the team.

Snead has only two years experience in the league, so the 24-year-old receiver is not able to negotiate with other teams. He is an exclusive rights free agent for the time being. However, he is holding out hope for a long term contract. Snead enlisted the help of Drew Rosenhaus as his agent in negotiations. While the timing of the switch from former agent Jim Miller is interesting, it may be a smart move. Rosenhaus has represented LeSean McCoy, and Rob Gronkowski. He is known as a shark in the industry that can get a deal done.

Snead still feels a need to prove himself , Joel Erickson with the New Orleans Advocate reports. “I want to be more of a deep threat, down-the-field type of guy,” he said. “I feel like most people know me as an underneath, check-down, short throws type of guy, I feel like a part of my game people haven’t seen is me down the field.” Seeing Willie improve his game by expanding down the field could be an exciting thing to see.

There are no doubts that New Orleans is hoping for a long term deal with Snead. His consistency has earned his place, even considering the exciting changes taking place this season. Ted Ginn, the former Carolina Panthers wideout, has lightning speed – making him one of the biggest deep-threats in the NFL.

Powerhouse quarterback Drew Brees is slinging the pigskin as well as ever and we expect to see him connecting often with the second year receiver, Michael Thomas. Sean Payton likes to keep many weapons in his arsenal, no doubts he has a nice collection of them this season. Fans are looking forward to an exciting year.

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