While his methods were very unscientific, he came to his conclusion by polling a couple of dozen agents, getting responses from 10 of them via text. Here is the criteria he used to make a determination:
• Fairness in contract negotiations
• Open, honest and direct communication about clients
• Injury settlements
• Medical care and the business decisions that go along with it
• The development of young players
Here is how Bechta described what he found out on the Packers …
The Green Bay Packers – All but one agent I polled had the Green Bay Packers in their top five. There is no doubt that the Packers unique ownership structures helps to create an environment for accountability and openness.
While the Packers were popular among the agents, the others listed may surprise you. Here’s how Bechta described the others:
Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks are as easy going as their head coach and general manager. They don’t play games and quickly let you know where you stand.
NY Giants - The Giants have a no nonsense professional approach that agents appreciate.
Minnesota Vikings – The Front office people run the Vikings in a manner that agents seem to trust. They are not afraid to keep and pay their best players.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Despite their current struggles, agents know where they and their clients stand with this team. The owner is going to be patient during the rebuilding process and the decision makers are not panicking and are looking towards building for the long term. The brass is always responsive and quick to give you honest feedback on your clients.