On To The Next One: Jerron McMillian
Safety Jerron McMillian played his college ball at Maine before he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. When drafted, McMillian was represented by Abu Toppin of Reliance Sports Management (RSM). However, according to Andy Simms, McMillian has recently made a change, and Simms is the beneficiary of that decision.
It will likely take some time before Simms sees any commission based on his representation of McMillian. The safety is going into year two of a four year deal worth a total of $2.4 million, but negotiated by Toppin, which means that the former agent will continue to receive the commissions based on that contract.
Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about Jay-Z entering the world of sports agency. His first NFL “client” is said to be Victor Cruz, and Toppin knows a thing or two about the New York Giants wide receiver. Cruz, who is now on his third agent (CAA + Jay-Z), was previously represented by Malik Shareef of DSI; however, prior to Shareef, Cruz’s agent was Toppin. Before Cruz was on anybody’s radar, Toppin took a chance on him. He barely received any reward for his labor and foresight. Now, if McMillian turns out to be a stud, Toppin will again be left without much gain. And so goes the business of sports agency.