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Old 07-26-2013, 09:29 AM  
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Tarell Brown fired his agent for a really good reason.

I bet the agent was really looking forward to hearing his receptionist say, "Tarell Brown on Line 2".

Seriously, it seems like this is really good lawsuit material. Isn't it the agent's job to know this stuff?


http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...49ers-workouts

Tarell Brown left $2 million on the table this offseason. This hardly was part of the plan.

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback was due to earn $2.925 million in 2013, the final year of his contract. To collect $2 million of that salary, he was obligated to attend offseason workouts with the team. Unaware that his attendance was contractually mandatory, Brown worked out on his own in Texas.

He didn't realize he had cost himself dearly until Thursday, when he saw reports on Twitter. He immediately fired his agent, Brian Overstreet.

"No one wants to leave money on the table," Brown said Thursday, via 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."

After finishing what we imagine was a tremendously pleasant conversation with Mr. Overstreet, Brown reached out to the 49ers. Unfortunately for the 28-year-old, "there wasn't too much I really could say."

"It had nothing to do with not being in shape, not wanting to work out, no contract problems, it just had to do with me wanting to go back home and train," Brown said. "It's something I've been doing for the past few years."


Brown said he plans to sit down with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in an effort to work out a compromise of some kind.

"Hope for the best," Brown said. "Pray for me."

Let's throw in a prayer for the agent, too. What a mess.
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:27 PM   #151
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Not at all. I despise people that don't take an active interest in the issues that effect their lives and then try to blame others when things go bad.
That should just about end the thread right there... Rep for you my good man!
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:41 PM   #152
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Brown’s workout clause was a throw-in for his $2 million escalator
Posted by Mike Florio on August 5, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT


49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has said that he hopes the matter of cornerback Tarell Brown’s squandered $2 million escalator eventually will resolve itself in a way that allows everyone to laugh about it.

For now, the Niners may be laughing nervously. (Or possibly in sinister fashion, with a “mwu” preceding the “hahaha.”)

Lost in the notion that Brown lost $2 million by not showing up for offseason workouts is the reality that, per a league source, Brown triggered the $2 million escalator by participating in more than 80 percent of the snaps in 2011 and 2012.

The 49ers had no comment regarding the details of Brown’s contract.

At the time Brown signed his current deal, no one expected Brown to become a starter. He did, and he thrived. And Brown unlocked the $2 million by participating in well over 80 percent of the snaps each year.

So the clause didn’t expressly hinge $2 million on Brown showing up for 2013 offseason workouts. The key factors were playing time in 2011 and 2012. Brown met them.

Granted, he didn’t show up for offseason workouts, which allowed the Niners to taketh away that which they had given. Eth.

Against that background, what can the Niners do to allow everyone to laugh it all off later? It’s hard to believe the 49ers didn’t know $2 million depended on Brown showing up for the offseason. Some believe that the Niners specifically sat back and kept quiet, so that the $2 million escalator they didn’t expect to owe at the time the contract was signed would go away.

While Brown has legal rights against his former agent, Brian Overstreet, the NFLPA-required malpractice insurance policy provides only $1 million. And it’s unlikely that Overstreet’s insurance carrier will simply hand the money over without litigation, which means that Brown will have to spend a chunk of the money on lawyers.

Overstreet may have other insurance or assets that could be targeted for his arguable negligence. But Overstreet may not concede that he made a mistake. Overstreet could say he told Brown that he needed to show up for the offseason program in order to get the money.

While Brown eventually could get the $2 million from Overstreet or his insurers, it’ll take stress, efforts, expenses, and most of all time.

That’s why the cleanest and easiest way to get Brown in a laughing mood will be for the 49ers to give him the money that primarily hinged on what Brown accomplished — being on the field for more than 80 percent of the snaps over the last two years.

Harbaugh already has said that a ‘”starting, top-end player” shouldn’t be earning the minimum (actually, Brown will earn $925,000). The challenge becomes harmonizing Harbaugh’s public statements with the organization’s behind-the-scenes actions.

It’s easy to say Brown should have known about the workout clause, and that he should have shown up. But it’s just as easy to say the 49ers should have known, too, and that they should have in all fairness reminded Brown that he had two million reasons to participate in voluntary workouts.

If they actually knew about the workout clause in the escalator, they definitely should have told him.

And now they definitely should pay him.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:11 AM   #153
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Brown’s workout clause was a throw-in for his $2 million escalator
Posted by Mike Florio on August 5, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT


49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has said that he hopes the matter of cornerback Tarell Brown’s squandered $2 million escalator eventually will resolve itself in a way that allows everyone to laugh about it.

For now, the Niners may be laughing nervously. (Or possibly in sinister fashion, with a “mwu” preceding the “hahaha.”)

Lost in the notion that Brown lost $2 million by not showing up for offseason workouts is the reality that, per a league source, Brown triggered the $2 million escalator by participating in more than 80 percent of the snaps in 2011 and 2012.

The 49ers had no comment regarding the details of Brown’s contract.

At the time Brown signed his current deal, no one expected Brown to become a starter. He did, and he thrived. And Brown unlocked the $2 million by participating in well over 80 percent of the snaps each year.

So the clause didn’t expressly hinge $2 million on Brown showing up for 2013 offseason workouts. The key factors were playing time in 2011 and 2012. Brown met them.

Granted, he didn’t show up for offseason workouts, which allowed the Niners to taketh away that which they had given. Eth.

Against that background, what can the Niners do to allow everyone to laugh it all off later? It’s hard to believe the 49ers didn’t know $2 million depended on Brown showing up for the offseason. Some believe that the Niners specifically sat back and kept quiet, so that the $2 million escalator they didn’t expect to owe at the time the contract was signed would go away.

While Brown has legal rights against his former agent, Brian Overstreet, the NFLPA-required malpractice insurance policy provides only $1 million. And it’s unlikely that Overstreet’s insurance carrier will simply hand the money over without litigation, which means that Brown will have to spend a chunk of the money on lawyers.

Overstreet may have other insurance or assets that could be targeted for his arguable negligence. But Overstreet may not concede that he made a mistake. Overstreet could say he told Brown that he needed to show up for the offseason program in order to get the money.

While Brown eventually could get the $2 million from Overstreet or his insurers, it’ll take stress, efforts, expenses, and most of all time.

That’s why the cleanest and easiest way to get Brown in a laughing mood will be for the 49ers to give him the money that primarily hinged on what Brown accomplished — being on the field for more than 80 percent of the snaps over the last two years.

Harbaugh already has said that a ‘”starting, top-end player” shouldn’t be earning the minimum (actually, Brown will earn $925,000). The challenge becomes harmonizing Harbaugh’s public statements with the organization’s behind-the-scenes actions.

It’s easy to say Brown should have known about the workout clause, and that he should have shown up. But it’s just as easy to say the 49ers should have known, too, and that they should have in all fairness reminded Brown that he had two million reasons to participate in voluntary workouts.

If they actually knew about the workout clause in the escalator, they definitely should have told him.

And now they definitely should pay him.
Wow, one has to wonder if showing up to those scheduled activities might have avoided all of this?
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:18 AM   #154
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I would be pissed too if I was him.

Yes I do agree the ultimate responsibility is Mr Brown's BUT think about this:

You hire a real estate agent, and are buying or selling a large piece of property and the contract is complicated and there is lots of paperwork.

The deal falls apart and you end up on the hook for a sum of money you didn't expect to (for example your earnest money deposit as a buyer plus any inspections you have done)....

You didn't expect this, and if you had known maybe you wouldve handled the transaction differently....

Yes, you should read your own contract and understand it, but part of an agent's job is to help you in this regard.

It is both of their faults. The burden will lie on Mr. brown, but being fired and having everyone know you did not do your best for your client will be the burden for the agent...surely he will suffer as a result as well.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:20 AM   #155
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He should hold out until he gets his 2Mill They just lost Culliver, so **** them
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:37 AM   #156
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Agreed with the article that if the 49ers can pay them, and hey need to do this. Saving 2 million isn't worth the black eye they get if they don't. The 49ers should have told him he had 2 million on the line. Legally obligated? No. IIt's just good business practice.
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