FOXBORO -- Jacoby Brissett attacked the draft process differently from most other rookies when he opted not to hire an agent. While others in his situation had representatives who helped them increase their visibility before the draft and negotiated their contracts after, Brissett has taken his own path.
Though the Patriots third-round pick out of North Carolina State has received guidance from the NFLPA and others as his first contract has been in the works, he continues to pursue this first professional procedural hurdle in a unique way.
Last week the Patriots announced that they had signed eight of their nine draft picks, leaving Brissett off the list of those who'd put pen to paper. Because of the rookie wage scale that was introduced with the latest collective bargaining agreement, there's less to negotiate now than there has been in years past; salaries are slotted without very much wiggle room. Still, it seems like Brissett is still trying to get things finalized.
"That's a personnal matter," Brissett replied when asked why he chose to go without an agent. "Right now my main focus is on the team and getting better and just doing what I can to make myself better and just understand that I'm part of an organization."
When asked if there had been any progress made since the team's announcement last week, Brissett wouldn't say much.
"It's a personal matter that I'm handling away from here," he said. "It'll get done."
Brissett's contractual status hasn't affected his participation with the Patriots thus far. He was on the field for the start of rookie minicamp last week, and he spoke on Wednesday about how excited he was to be learning from those inside the Patriots facilities.
"They’re great," Brissett said of Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo. "They’re teaching me a lot now and [I] just continue to learn from them and try to be the best player that I can."