At least three NFL players were reportedly involved in talks to buy the New York Mets as part of Alex Rodriguez’s bid to buy the team with his wife, Jennifer Lopez. Brian Urlacher, DeMarco Murray, Travis Kelce, according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, were part of the collaboration.
The group also includes prospective Hall of Fame lineman Joe Thomas and Bradley Beal, a member of the NBA’s Washington Wizards.
Brian Urlacher, Travis Kelce, DeMarco Murray, Joe Thomas, Bradley Beal part of star-studded group joining A-Rod, J-Lo bid to purchase Mets https://t.co/xBtESvH7NV
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) July 13, 2020
Kelce is the only active player in the group. He has been named first-team All-Pro twice and enters 2020 as one of the elite tight ends in NFL for the reigning champions, the Kansas City Chiefs.
He had 97 catches for 1,229 yards and five touchdowns last season.
Rodriguez’s group submitted an initial $1.7 billion bid to buy the Mets. Major League Baseball has yet to give any instructions on what the next phase will be regarding the sale of the team, or what’s next for the group.
Urlacher was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018. He made 1,361 tackles over the course of his 13-year career with the Chicago Bears.
Murray was Offensive Player of the Year in 2014. He last played in 2017, his last two seasons were spent with the Tennessee Titans. His best years came with the Dallas Cowboys. In his Player of the Year season, he had 1,845 yards on 392 carries.
These types of investment groups aren’t all that uncommon. Peyton Manning is part of the group that owns the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies (as is Justin Timberlake) and Aaron Rodgers has a stake in ownership with the Milwaukee Bucks.