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On To The Next One: Leonard Hankerson

Leonard Hankerson has not even been afforded the opportunity to negotiate his first NFL contract yet, and he has already decided to switch agents since being drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft.  The receiver out of the University of Miami was formerly represented by Lagardere Unlimited, but recently decided to switch to Drew Rosenhaus of Rosenhaus Sports Representation.  I found it off that Rosenhaus missed on Hankerson in the first place with Hankerson being the most well known UM player in the draft and Rosenhaus basically having his pick at who he wants to represent from the school.

It is rather odd that a player would switch agents in a dead period.  With the NFL Lockout still in place, there is not much that an agent can be doing for his clients other than pay for their offseason training and stay in touch.  It is not like Hankerson will command any off-the-field deals prior to ever stepping foot on an NFL field.  Rosenhaus must have really worked his magic on this one.

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.