When a client plays like Bailey Zappe, it’s never too early for an agent to start playing with the teams that wouldn’t put him on their draft boards.
These must be good days for Nicole Lynn, agent of emerging Super Quarterback Bailey Zappe. His client may or may not be introduced to the nation in prime time on Monday night. Although it seems more likely that he’s QB2 in this one:
But whether his hands are between the mighty thighs of David Andrew or he’s clutching a Microsoft Surface tablet against the Bears, he’s almost guaranteed to have a shot at a starting quarterback somewhere, sooner or later. Let’s not forget that six quarters football in 2016 was enough for the 49ers to give up a second-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo in 2017 and pay him shipping containers full of cash soon after.
But aside from the potential future money, there’s the pure satisfaction that comes from knowing you believed in someone when others didn’t. And Lynn does not miss the opportunity to rub it:
Or flex on everyone as Zappe Fever spreads to pandemic levels:
And who can blame him? There must be few feelings as rewarding as being the one to discover the next great talent. I mean, imagine being that guy who first met an aspiring actress named Norma Jean Baker and saw the Marilyn Monroe in her. Or of being music critic Jon Landau, sent to review a Bonnie Raitt concert in Harvard Square in 1974 and writing its opening act, “I saw the future of rock and roll and his name is Bruce Springsteen .” Or being Colonel Tom Parker, hearing girls screaming about a singer named Elvis and…crossing that out. Bad example. Let’s move on.
Fact is, she gets the satisfaction of knowing she watched this unassuming young athlete from Western Kentucky, the one who set NCAA records with nearly 6,000 yards and 62 touchdowns last season, plus his passer rating of 168.9 and the fact he can throw a soccer ball into solar orbit:
…and I saw the potential that others missed. She’s also relishing the chance to see Zappe drafted, not only by the greatest coach/general manager in football history, but also working with the staff who developed no less than five other current NFL quarterbacks. So you’re right, she shouldn’t hold back. She should shout the success of Zappe from the rooftops of social networks. As well as Christian Barmore:
To repeat, Zappe could start on Monday night, but once Mac Jones is healthy enough to start, he begins. But it’s nice to have a backup you can trust. And I will certainly continue to encourage him to succeed as he earns $300 million to play for the Browns in about three years.