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On To The Next One: Javier Arenas

Yesterday, it was reported that there may be a third player from a third school who was a part of a trip to South Beach that could be linked to a sports agent and/or financial planners.  The player is Marcel Dareus of the University of Alabama, who is rated as a top prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft Class.  But this post is not about Dareus.  Instead, it is about a former Alabama player – Javier Arenas.

Arenas was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.  At that point in time, he was represented by Lamont Smith of All Pro Sports & Entertainment.  Arenas recently fired Smith, waited the requisite five days before signing a new agent, and then hired Hadley Engelhard of Enter-Sports Management.  Engelhard also represents Maurice Leggett, who is a Cornerback for the Chiefs.  Click here for the Enter-Sports full client list.

Many expect the second and first rounders to start signing at a more rapid pace in the near future.  That will mean that Engelhard should be earning a pretty quick payday.  While Engelhard is happy with the timing of this addition, Smith must be slightly enraged.

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.