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On To The Next One: Arrelious Benn

One would have thought that it would only be a matter of time before at least one of Gary Wichard’s clients at Pro Tect Management decided that they wanted to distance himself from the agency whose founder was suspended from acting as an NFLPA Contract Advisor for nine months.  Technically, Wichard could still operate behind the scenes, having Pro Tect clients change their designated Contract Advisor to Jason Chinn, who is also a part of Pro Tect Management and is NFLPA certified.  But you had to assume that rival agents would use the suspension as ammo against Pro Tect Management in the recruitment of its current and potential new clients.

Arrelious Benn, a former University of Illinois stand-out, and current wide-receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has defected from Pro Tect to the man whose arms are always wide open looking for more – Drew Rosenhaus.  In his first year in the NFL, Benn amassed 395 yards receiving, which is 10 more yards than the league average.  Expect him to be more productive in Tampa Bay’s offense next year.

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.

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