"But they accepted our proposal, we told them what it would take to sign you and they said yes," I said.
His response: "I gave you specific instructions not to agree to a deal until I got out of at least three weeks of training camp had passed."
Timing is everything.
This deal will work out some time this week. There will be football, but the managing of expectations and timetables is an extremely precarious business.
I attended the awards ceremony of the Orange County Skateboarding League in Huntington Beach on Thursday night.
It was a joyful and exuberant event, filled with enthusiastic young skateboarders, their parents and coaches. Katrina Foley and the coaches and volunteers have done a splendid job of creating a league and structure for young skaters.
Along with athletic competition, they have provided a real incentive for well-rounded athletes, emphasizing community service and academic achievement.
It seems more young people are involved in skating today than Little League. This paradigm shift toward action sports offers a terrific opportunity to take a group of perceived "outsiders" in a rebel sport and channel this energy in positive directions.
Skateboarding is here to stay and supporting activities like the OCSL goes a long way toward bridging the generation gap much closer.
I first became aware of this phenomenon while attending a Boom Boom Jam event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas organized by Tony Hawk. They had the most talented skaters performing in huge half pipes.
BMX riders soared above the crowd, making breathtaking leaps. Meanwhile, Gwen Stefani and Social Distortion were performing live. It was a three-ring circus of excitement. It sold out the arena and there was an electrifying environment.
Earlier, I watched long lines of young skaters lined up for autographs with Hawk and other heroes. That experience and attending the event in Orange County held by my friends, the Maloof Brothers, convinced me of the burgeoning popularity of action sports.
Let's get behind this new young group of gifted and innovative athletes.
LEIGH STEINBERG is a renowned sports agent, author, advocate, speaker and humanitarian. His column appears weekly. Follow Leigh on Twitter @steinbergsports or blog.steinbergsports.com.