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On To The Next One: Shawne Merriman

On May 12 of this year, I reported that Shawne Merriman left Tom Condon of Creative Artists Agency’s (CAA) Football Division in favor of David Dunn of Athletes First.  At the time, I made a point to mention that we do not normally hear about a football player leaving a mega agency like CAA.  It turns out that it was just a temporary change.

Merriman is once again a client of Condon and his partner Ben Dogra at CAA Football.  I wonder if the company will tweet about it from its new Twitter account.  When Merriman fired Condon and Dogra, he likely was upset that CAA was unable to get him a long term contract.  Is the new change from Athletes First related to Merriman being waived by the San Diego Chargers and ending up on a non-contending Buffalo Bills?  He has been on the Bills injured reserve list since November 27, so I guess he has had enough time to think this over.

Merriman will once again be a free agent in 2011.  The gentlemen at CAA Football will be in charge of negotiating Merriman’s next deal…at least for the time being.

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.

One reply on “On To The Next One: Shawne Merriman”

Good luck to them! Not a good sign when he suffered an Achilles injury during his first workout with his new team the Buffalo Bills. Sounds like all those hits & injuries are catching up with “Lights Out”

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