NFL linebacker Anthony Spencer was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the club’s 1st round (#26 overall) pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Spencer has remained with the Cowboys since that date. In fact, the Cowboys would like Spencer to continue to be a member of the team going forward, and has slapped the Franchise Tag on him. He has not signed the Tag to date, but in the meantime, has decided to make a change of representation.
Spencer was formerly represented by Roosevelt Barnes of Maximum Sports Management. He recently switched over to Jordan Woy of Willis & Woy Sports Group. Woy happens to be based in Dallas and is a member of the State Bar of Texas.
Since the Franchise Tag was placed on Spencer prior to his change of representation, will he still owe an agent commission fee to Barnes once he ends up signing a deal with the Cowboys? If so, will it be a percentage of the prior agreed upon fee between Spencer and Barnes or the entire amount? If Barnes is left with nothing, I have to assume that Barnes will file a grievance against Spencer.