In an NFL player’s tough decision – SPORTS AGENT BLOG
When top sports agents leave their respective agencies, they often leave athletes with a choice: leave and join their agent’s new organization, or stay and find new representation. A decision that can in itself change the future of a player. Of course, the on-field performance of NFL players is the biggest contributor to their future contracts, but the right agent can make a significant difference in terms of annual pay, incentives, bonuses, and even off-court contributions. Each agent or agency has its own contacts that benefit its clients and its own method of achieving the situation desired by its clients.
Several great NFL players have recently gone through this phenomenon. Josh Allen chose to stay with Creative Artists Agency, while Nick Bosa chose to move to WME Sports with his agent. In an article by Liz Mullen, “when agents, especially powerful agents like France [Todd France, Athletes First], Ayrault [Brian Ayrault, WME Sports], and Renzin [Ben Renzin, WME Sports], leave agencies that clients may or may not follow and it often depends on which agent the player has the closest relationship with.
Of course, every decision is crucial to an agent’s career. For example, Brian Ayrault recently negotiated a five-year, $ 135 million extension for Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers. If Ayrault had left before this deal and Bosa chose to stay at his current agency, it’s a huge amount of money Ayrault is losing, allowing another agent and company to capitalize on.
In an industry that is heavily focused on competition and on-court results, these decisions by NFL players routinely go unnoticed. However, the selections made by NFL players and the relationships agents have can have a serious impact on competition and on-court results. So the next time you see an NFL player in the news regarding a discussion with an agent, take a moment to think about the potential impact their decision could have.