Athletes are not the only ones who feel the emotions that accompany wins and losses on and off the field. NFL agent Damarius Bilbo has experienced the highs and lows of the fickle representation industry all in the span of a few months. Bilbo negotiated a contract extension for his client, Xavien Howard, with the Miami Dolphins. The five-year, $76.5 million deal that includes $46 million guaranteed, is now the largest ever for a NFL cornerback. The 25-year-old Howard earned this extension after an impressive season culminating in his first Pro Bowl appearance. Credit must also be given to his representation team at Revolution Sports and Bilbo, who worked to ensure that Howard’s pay reflected his on-field production.
With the highest of highs, it is only normal to feel the lowest of lows as well. This record-breaking contract was a huge win, but as is often the case with representation, Bilbo had some clients pursue other representation. Former clients Jerome Baker, DJ Moore, Quincy Williams, and Austin Bryant have all decided to find representation elsewhere, separating from Bilbo. The fragility of the representation industry can be learned when looking at just one agent, in one offseason.