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On To The Next One: Antonio Cromartie

I knew that with Gary Wichard’s passing, Pro Tect Management would see many of its clients leave for new representation.  On March 22, 2011, I reported that Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals switched from Pro Tect to Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  A month later and another Pro Tect client has made his way to CAA.  Antonio Cromartie, most recently of the New York Jets, is now a client of Tom Condon and Ben Dogra at CAA.

Cromartie is coming off what was probably his best professional year since racking up 10 interceptions in 2007.  He was a pass deflecting machine, deflecting a total of 17 attempted passes in 2010.  Only 43.9% of the passes thrown in Cromartie’s direction were completions.  Once/If a new collective bargaining agreement is signed, CAA has to expect a nice pay day for defensive back who will become a free agent.

Will more Pro Tect players leave the agency, and will those players pick CAA as their destination?  We know of one who recently picked a different agency.  Come back at 10 a.m. EST to find out more.

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.