It’s standard for NFL players to earn part of their contract by attending voluntary offseason activities, but that money is often chump change in comparison to the full contract. Unfortunately for San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown, that wasn’t exactly the case when he skipped some team workouts to train on his own.
Brown was unaware that $2 million of his $2.925 million contract relied on him being at those workouts. He blames his agent for failing to inform him, but some blame has to lie with the 49ers for giving him a bullshit contract.
What team asks a player who’s worked out on his own every year since he entered the league in 2007 to hedge two-thirds of his contract on some voluntary team workouts?
Maybe the 49ers knew that Brown’s agent was a schmuck and they figured that they could potentially save themselves some money if they slipped that little stipulation in during the contract negotiations. They now get some more cap room thanks to the mix-up.
Needless to say, Brown is pissed off that his nearly $3 million contract will earn him just $925,000 this year because of his former agent’s mistake:
“No one wants to leave money on the table,” Brown told the Associated Press. “If I would have known the clauses in my contract — that’s what agents get paid to do, to orchestrate the contract and to let you know what you can and can’t do as far as workouts and OTAs and things of that sort. That’s what he got paid to do. He didn’t do that, so in my opinion you have to be let go. We all are held accountable for our actions. This is part of the business.”
On the bright side, this gives Brown the opportunity to go sign with Jay-Z.
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[Update: Brown’s agent was on “fully probated suspension” by the State Bar of Texas from 2009 to 2011 for failing to pay certain fees on time, according to Niners Nation. This isn’t his first screwup. Niners Nation also pointed out that Brown can recoup the money by suing his agent for legal malpractice as it is the agent’s duty to protect their client from harm of any sort.]