San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown lost $2 million because he didn’t show up for offseason workouts, according to Yahoo! Sports. Brown has a clause in his contract that mandates for him to show up at the team’s facility, which he didn’t do.
Instead, Brown worked out alone at his home in Texas. Because of this breach, his salary for the 2013-2014 season drops from $2.925 million to $925,000, which is quite a substantial loss.
Brown says he found out about the miscue on Twitter, and he has also fired his agent, Brian Overstreet.
“I no longer have an agent as of now,” Brown told Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “No one wants to leave money on the table. If I would have known the clauses in my contract and that’s what agents get paid to do — to orchestrate the contract and let you know what you can and can’t do as far as workouts and OTAs and things of that sort. That’s what he got paid to do, he didn’t do that, so in my opinion he had to be let go.”
If I were Brown, I would have kept Overstreet as my agent because he would be responsible for making up that $2 million. Perhaps it doesn’t come now, but somewhere down the road, the agent would surely do everything in his power to get Brown the money that he shouldn’t have lost.
$2 million is a lot of money, especially in football, where the average career span is less than seven years. When Brown retires, you can bet that he will be kicking himself when looking back at this gargantuan mistake.