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On To The Next One: Keenan Allen

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs with the ball past Washington Redskins free safety David Amerson (39) attempts to make a tackle during the game at FedEx Field. The Redskins defeated the Chargers 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs past Washington Redskins free safety David Amerson (39). Photo Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers used their third round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on California wide receiver Keenan Allen, who at the time was represented by NFLPA Contract Advisor JT Johnson.  Johnson and his company Atlas Sports Agency had also signed Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter, California quarterback Zach Maynard and NC State cornerback David Amerson prior to the NFL Draft, which led Sports Agent Blog to name JT Johnson 2013’s football agent to watch.  However, since that article’s publication, Johnson has had his fair share of disappointments.

The most recent NFL-related issue for Johnson is the loss of Allen to football agency Athletes First.  Allen, who has amassed 497 yards on 31 receptions and 3 touchdowns, will be represented by Contract Advisor David Dunn.  It is a big grab for Athletes First, who will now manage the career of one of the most promising rookie wide receivers in the league.

Earlier this year, Johnson also lost wide receiver Justin Hunter, who was drafted in the second round by the Tennessee Titans.  Hunter left Johnson to be represented by Ben Dogra and Jimmy Sexton of Creative Artists Agency.

Today, Johnson’s one remaining NFL client is David Amerson, who also is putting together a solid rookie campaign.  The Washington Redskins cornerback selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft has 2 interceptions and a touchdown, along with 4 pass deflections.  Interestingly, Amerson was matched up against Keenan Allen for much of the game that the Redskins just completed against the Chargers.

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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