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On To The Next One: Shawne Merriman & Vince Young

We always hear about NFL players firing their agents for guys like Drew Rosenhaus and Tom Condon, but it is rarely reported when big name agents lose a client.  The main reason for that, though, is that it is a rare occurrence that RSR or CAA has a football client leave them for a rival agency.  Unfortunately for Condon and CAA, they just had a three-time Pro Bowl selection named Shawne Merriman switch to David Dunn and Athletes First.

As stated, Merriman has been invited to the Pro Bowl three times in his career.  The bad news, is that the last time he received an invite was in 2007.  Over the past two years, Merriman has only racked up a combined four sacks.  Merriman, still believing that he is one of the best pass rushers in the league, was likely upset that Condon and CAA were unable to get him a long term contract.  As of right now, Merriman is still unsigned as a restricted free agent.

Will David Dunn save the day?  Interestingly, Dunn may have some problems on his hands with the addition of Merriman.  Mike Florio brings up the point that Merriman might have fired CAA and hired Athletes First within a 5 day period, which is not permitted by the NFLPA regulations (must wait 5 days before hiring a new agent).  But this is all under the assumption that Merriman recently fired Condon.  It could have happened over a week ago, and just wasn’t reported.

So Condon says goodbye to Merriman, but hello to Vince Young, who joins CAA after leaving Major Adams.  Amazing to think that Vince is still on his Rookie deal.  It sure has been a roller-coaster for him so far, but perhaps CAA has more upside with Young than with Merriman.

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.

3 replies on “On To The Next One: Shawne Merriman & Vince Young”

The bigger agencies don’t seem to offer as detailed personal attention as the smaller, hungrier guys do. And if they’re not getting the contracts they want, why stay?

Shawn can not get to mad. He is asking his agency to get him something that he did not earn. Give the agent something to work with if there is going to be any type of blockbuster negotiation. 4.0 sacks in two years ok Shawn I will be right back with your 5yr 56 million 36 guaranteed contract. Come on man. Also Vince needs to take a glass of sit your ass down for firing his agent what has he done as well. He has not done enough as a QB to deserve contract talks. I would have waited til about week 6 of this season. If VInce produces a 5-1 record then I would go and get him a great deal.

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