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On To The Next One: Richard Sherman

The world is in Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's (25) hands, and he has picked CAA to help him monetize his power. Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
The world is in Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s (25) hands, and he has picked CAA to help him monetize his on-field power. Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive back Richard Sherman was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the 154th overall pick (in the 5th round) of the 2011 NFL Draft.  From that day until this year, Sherman was represented by football agent Kevin Poston of Professional Sports Planning.  In fact, it was Poston who defended Sherman in November of last year when his client faced a 4 game suspension for testing positive concerning the use of Adderall, a banned substance according to the NFL’s policy for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

Sherman appealed the suspension and won based on a technicality (an issue in the chain of custody of his urine specimen).  It was a big win for Sherman, a member of a strong Seahawks defense and a player who had seriously outperformed expectations of the players drafted in the 5th round.  At the time, Poston said, “Richard Sherman, he didn’t go to Stanford for nothing. He’s smart. I’m proud of the way he stood up for himself on this.”

That smart man has now decided that Poston is not the right representative for him going forward.  According to Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal, Sherman has left Poston and signed with Ben Dogra and Jimmy Sexton of Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  That is the same Ben Dogra who once released a statement on behalf of his client Trent Williams when Williams hit Sherman’s face after a verbal altercation.

Sherman will be looking for a big 2nd contract, and he undoubtedly thinks that Dogra and Sexton are up to the task.  Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports expects the defensive back to instantly become a fan of Darrelle Revis…for contract purposes.

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By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.