Posted July 26, 2013

49ers’ Tarell Brown finds out he lost $2 million via Twitter

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49ers cornerback Tarell Brown unwittingly forfeited most of his salary this season. (Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)

49ers cornerback Tarell Brown unwittingly forfeited most of his salary this season. (Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown will lose $2 million of his 2013 salary because he lacked knowledge of a clause in his contract that required him to participate in the 49ers’ offseason workout program. He had been working out in the offseason at his home in Texas instead of at the 49ers’ facility in Santa Clara, Calif.

And he didn’t find out about it until Thursday morning — via Twitter.

Despite the bizarre fiasco, Brown participated in practice on Thursday. According to The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows, Brown immediately fired his agent, Brian Overstreet, upon learning of the mix-up.

“I no longer have an agent as of now,” Brown said after practice. “… 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.”

Without his contract’s escalator clause, Brown will earn $925,000 this season. The 28-year-old is coming off the best two seasons of his career, starting all 32 games while intercepting six passes.

He is set to become a free agent after the season.


20 comments
0xfece5
0xfece5

I love all the people who are so smug about this.  Let me ask you this -- when you closed on your house, and you had to go through and sign and initial and resign about 300 pages of boilerplate documents, did you read and understand every single word?  No, you didn't.  And if you say you did, you're full of sh*t.  You've overlooked something.

So if you hired someone whose ONLY JOB was to know and understand every last detail of your contract, just in case, and they don't tell you about a $2M clause, you'd be upset, too.

It's one thing to get holier-than-thou about players who are wife beaters and criminals, but you need a reality check if you get pleasure out of an otherwise good guy making an honest mistake.

JimCatCabbage
JimCatCabbage

Heck, I would have called him and told him about his contract clause for $500,000...so he would have saved $1.5 Million. Dumb SOB LMFAO. Anyone that stupid should never be allowed to procreate. As the bumper sticker says, the we need a little chlorine in the gene pool.

NoThanksESPNFacebook
NoThanksESPNFacebook

Could have been worse could have been Elvis Dumervil or the MLB player a few years back that was being overpaid and only needed to have something mailed in to keep his high salary. The agent passed it off to an assistant to send in and she forgot. The guy ended up losing like 20+ million because of that.

mystafugee
mystafugee

Good thing we make these guys go to college,they're sure learning a lot.

JeffRhorer
JeffRhorer

If he was dedicated to his team and his craft he would have been at all the minicamps and OTA's.  Just another guy who thinks he's better than the team. Then he throws his agent under the bus as if it was his agents fault.  Just another Boy that doesn't know how to Man Up!

rifleman
rifleman

It's not like this was some obscure section of his contract. This was when he should report! Any player should have that penciled in on his calendar. Looks like the agent got thrown under the bus for his stupidity!

gooniegoogoo4
gooniegoogoo4

WHAT AN IDIOT,,,,I blame the player here more than the agent.

MkaHoonaseventy
MkaHoonaseventy

he knew his team was working out and he thought it cool to stay home. 


HA HA

lionoah
lionoah

On the one hand, he is ultimately responsible for whatever he signs his name to. On the other hand, it's like when you get a lawyer. You may be in court and negotiate various agreements and so on and so forth, but ultimately your lawyer knows EXACTLY what's in there and what it means. It's his responsibility to make sure his client is aware of each and every clause in the contract and what they mean for his well-being. Obviously he didn't do his job.

If I were him, I'd find the guy who spotted it on Twitter and hire him as a consultant.

donhusky007
donhusky007

typical somebody else is to blame.  not me to ask what i need to do to get my money.  duh, moron.

What'smyline?
What'smyline?

All of Overstreet's clients should be considering the same thing.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@JeffRhorer stop with this sanctimonious B.S., it's not about the minicamps and OTA's, it's about the season.  Skipping training camp and even regular season games didn't stop Emmitt Smith in 1993. 

michael.f.passe
michael.f.passe

@gooniegoogoo4 I agree, one assumes this guy went to college and yet did not know what was in his own contract. "That's what I have an agent for," he says. Poor baby. Any time the rest of us get bleeped because we don't know what's in a contract we signed, it's entirely our fault and we know it. If these former "student athletes" are too dumb to look at their own contacts when millions of dollars are at stake, well, not too many of us are going to feel sorry for the guy and his paltry $900,000-plus contract. In fact, one could argue that the real reason jocks have agents is because they aren't smart enough to understand their own contracts despite four years of college.

steveot
steveot

@gooniegoogoo4 why? It's the agents job to tell him stuff like this. What exactly is his job then?

lionoah
lionoah

@donhusky007 I'm sure every contract and agreement you have ever read and signed is completely and thoroughly understood by you precisely.

JeffRhorer
JeffRhorer

@mystafugee @JeffRhorer He isn't an Emmit Smith caliber player and should own up to his own mistake of choosing not to go to the camps. If he doesn't want to go well no one is forcing him to, but to choose not to go and then whine and blame his agent for his decision makes him a little sissy nancy and your standing up for him makes you his little sissy nancy.

By the way his agent is his agent not his Daddy and shouldn't have to hold Tarrell's hand throughout his entire career. Just like Geno Smith firing his agent because he didn't go higher in the draft. Both just little cry babies!

usameos6
usameos6

@steveot @gooniegoogoo4 Based on this story - it's tough to know what advice he did or did not receive from his agent.   I've read stories saying that the agent recommended he sit out of offseason workouts to provide levearge to receive a more lucrative contract extension.  This may be somewhat sour grapes based on him thinking that he was going to get a better deal and not understanding the risks he was taking (or minimizing them).  

JeffRhorer
JeffRhorer

@SteveJoseph @JeffRhorer @mystafugee Problem is not with him missing the workouts, ( I still believe that when you are not a star player you should be a total team player) the problem is his not taking responsibility for his own choices and actions. He blames someone else. He has not grown to be a man yet. It's always someone elses fault as if his agent told him to stay home....ridiculous!

SteveJoseph
SteveJoseph

@JeffRhorer @mystafugee LOL.....LOTS of players skip the workouts, he simply worked out at home after his two best seasons.  

You'd think he'd have known about the clause, but him working out here or there (he is a professional athlete) is not going to be the difference in "Hall of Famer" or "Flame out".  It just isn't.....