Andrew Brandt on Tarell Brown: “Whether Harbaugh knew or not, it is the job of other people in the organization to know.”

Former NFL agent and executive Andrew Brandt recently answered a question in his mailbag about Tarell Brown. As you know, Brown lost $2 million of his base salary because he did not attend the 49ers’ OTAs this offseason.

Here’s an excerpt from Brandt’s article: “Whether Harbaugh knew or not, it is the job of other people in the organization to know. And a clause that alters cash and cap reserves by $2 million is one that teams not only know about but also keep a close eye on….If Brown’s agent had multiple players on the team, would the Niners have informed the agent about his client’s potential noncompliance? I think so.”

To read the entire article, click here.

Does this change you opinion of the situation? Should the 49ers have handled this differently?

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  1. No!!! Brandt is speaking from a clear bias.

    The players get paid millions to play a meaningless game. His salary went from $3M to $1M. Oh no!!!

    Brown fired his agent, because that’s where the blame deserves to be. And if it deserves to be anywhere else, it deserves to be on Brown himself. The two sides to any contract negotiation are adversaries. Expecting the Niners to call Mr. Brown to inform him of his contract status is pretty much the same as expecting the Niners to contact Mr. Carroll to inform him of their gameplan.

    If the Niners intend to keep Tarell Brown, they will fix this in negotiations for a contract extension, and will expect Brown to give them something in return for righting this situation. I don’t think that is their intent however, and the team will use this as a cautionary message to players about taking personal accountability. Too bad for Brown, but the bad is all on Brown.

    1. It’s not as simple an explanation as Brown had to work out with the team. This bonus was contingency based. Brown had to be a starter the previous two years and play 80% of the games/snaps in those two seasons to even trigger this bonus. No one in the organization saw that coming when the contract was signed. It’s not as simple as a workout bonus. It was 2 years in the making before it triggered.

  2. When you put that together with the fact that $2 million was an escalator based on playing time that they probably didn’t expect him to hit when they signed the deal, it sure appears like there is some dirty pool taking place here.

      1. He think they should have contacted Brown to tell him that if he didn’t show up, he would miss out on his money. Jack condones hand-holding between grown men.

      2. Claude,

        I think that as Brandt states, the organization knew exactly what the ramifications would be for Brown if he did not show up for workouts.

        I also think that they saw it as an easy way to recoup $2m in cap space that they could use for the future.

        The problem now is that I don’t think you will be able to get any type of comment out of the organization on the subject to protect themselves against any possible litigation down the road.

      3. Jack:

        They or may not have known what would happen if Brown missed the workouts. Even if we assume they did, however, I don’t see how that facts leads to the team having any obligation, particularly a legal obligation, to remind Brown about the terms of his contract. Unless Brown’s contract contained a very unusual clause requiring the team to advise Brown of the consequences of missing the workouts, the team’s knowledge is legally irrelevant.

      4. E you’re talking like it’s your $ that is being talked about. Brown has played WAY above expectations at a reasonable price and the team should have let him know. He played over 80% of the D snaps the past 2 years and played very well. It’s a cheap shot at T.B and I’m sure the F.O is going to make it right.

      5. Benny B

        I’m not saying any of that. The burden is on Tarell Brown and his agent. That’s the bottom line.

        If they want him, they’ll pay him, but they’ll use this against him. If they don’t want him, they’ll point to this as something their players need to be mindful of. Simple as that.

        Do they want to keep him? What’s he worth? What would he get, if healthy, on the open market?

        All are questions that will go into the decision. By saving that $2M, they can afford to pay him less over a long-term contract and still come out smelling like roses. But if he demands $8M/yr, they’re not gonna re-sign him anyway. So how do the calculations go?

        On the flipside, if Brown suffers an injury this year, he’ll be down this $2M and his market value will take a huge hit. No injured mid-high tier CB can retain his value through a devastating injury like Revis did. So Brown may have a huge incentive to take a contract extension sooner rather than later, such that his guaranteed money is secured before he even steps on the field during the regular season.

        If he doesn’t sign before the season begins, he won’t be here in 2014.

      6. The only guy who would have been privy to this was Marathe. He does the contracts and oversees the cap. I guarantee you Harbaugh and Baalke would love to have seen Brown attend the offseason workouts and pay him the extra 2mill. This idea that the team willfully held back the info is nonsense. They put these clauses in to get the players to take part in the offseason program; not to see if they can save some money.

        It is also not up to the team to update players on their contracts. Teams have up to 90 different player contracts to deal with at a given time and to expect them to babysit individuals and remind them about clauses in their contract is unrealistic. This wouldn’t be the case in any other line of business so why in the world should the Niners be expected to do it? When did an adult male taking responsibility for his own life and affairs become out of date? The Niners are his employer; not his Mommy.

        Brown should have been at offseason workouts. He was last year and had the best season of his career. The fact he decided to work out on his own in Texas this offseason was a bad idea, not only because it goes against team principles, but it also led to him losing money. As far as I’m concerned he got what he deserved.

        The Niners really can’t give him the money without some kind of extension or incentive clause. The precedent that would set would be counterproductive for the future. Brown ultimately has to accept blame and fire his agent, which he did.

      7. Benny
        The only reason that an agent exists is to handle contracts. He literally does nothing else besides negotiate /advise his client on the details. For hat he earns 3% or 10% or whatever percentage of said contract. By “forgetting” about that 2 mil he not only lost his job and future job opportunities (seriously who would retain or hire a guy who can’t do his only job responsibility?) but also his 3 or 10 % cut of that 2 mllion so that money should have been just as important to overstreet as it was to TB.

        If you would like the 9ers to inform TB of clauses in his contract (clearly a responsibility of an agent) perhaps he should then give the same % to the teamthat he would to his agent and hire Parg Marathe to represent him

  3. Sory, but I find it hard to believe that a player is not cognizant of the terms in his own contract, regardless of having an agent do the negotiating. When it comes down to signing on the bottom line, it is the player who signs the contract, and I am sure the agent discussed all of the terms with client before notifying the club of an agreement to the terms of the pact. Sure, individuals can point the finger at the Niners and claim that the administration should have informed the player of the terms of the deal to which he and his agent agreed, but once the contract is signed, the club and its officials have performed their services. Their next responsibility is to cut the check to the player and/or the agent. I am sure position coaches checked on the off-season health and condition of the player, but not many position coaches are aware of contract terms for a variety of reasons. Tough teaching moment for player and agent, but that’s life as an adult and a professional. I would be that most Americans are well in tune and aware of terms in their labor or employment contracts, down to the last penny. Why should it be any different for a professional athlete?

  4. This is why Brandt got fired and why he is not hugely successful as a agent. Th Brandt is blaming the employer of his boss. Which makes the 9ers his boss too. Yet he is pointing fingers at the 9ers. What a chode, what exactly does he think his job is?

  5. My accountant got fired because I found out he didn’t tell me about 10,000 dollars that the IRS owed me. When I confronted him. MY accoutant said it was the IRS’s fault they should have just paid me and showed me how to fill out the correct paper work.

  6. I think that a major part of the Niners’ overall strategy for winning is locker harmony, creating a “family atmosphere,” so to speak. That’s why I discount talk that this was somehow intentional on their part. Saving $2 million or putting a player in a position to have to stay with the team in order to recoup it, is just not worth it, in my eyes. I believe it was a combination of the agent, player, and someone in the front office just missing it. I don’t blame the team, though, because it was the agent’s and player’s responsibility. That being said, the Niners are in a bind. If they just give Brown the $2 million, it sets a precedent, but if they don’t make it right with TB, they shoot themselves in the foot. Aside from the Jenkins pick (deliberate), this (indeliberate) is the worst development in the Baalke/Harbaugh tenure, in my opinion.

  7. I’m not sure I want to blame the Team FO on this one. First, no one would know he needed a call until he was already absent. Next, he IS responsible for the conditions of the contract he signed. I don’t think it was stupid on his part to not know those details and their implications. He got to the NFL based on his athletic skills, not on business skills, so he hired a professional agent to handle negotiations and details. If this happens again to him (Hah!) or anybody else currently in the NFL or college, THAT would be stupid.
    Finally, Harbaugh’s remarks about finding some sort of resolution for Tarrell were not, IMO, said out of context or out of consultation with Trent and Paraag.

  8. Paraag Marathe, the creative force behind contracts and the teams cap absolutely knew…so Baalke knew…so Harbaugh knew.

    Brown is a good corner, pay him the the $2 million as a signing bonus on a four year, “team-friendly” extension. Do the same with Culliver, extend him now for less money.

    1. I’d agree Paul to pay him a good portion of that lost bonus as a signing bonus as a resolution, but I disagree that the FO were playing Snidley Whiplash on this one. Did you see David’s remarks above? Would the IRS call/write and say ‘Dude, you forgot to apply for this $10k?’
      The fly in the ointment here is that these guys are planning their Cap well into the future (CK7!), and TB may not fit into that plan despite being quite competent. If they don’t renegotiate, they can’t set a precedent of just giving up the bonus as originally signed.

      1. That extra $2mil would be a nice chunk to roll over to next year’s cap when they have a number of big deals to work on.

      2. Brotha:

        I think that the 49ers’ actions (or lack thereof) make it clear that they do not intend to re-sign Brown.

    2. Paul,

      Brown isn’t going to sign a team friendly deal, 2mill or no 2mill. He’s going to do what every player in their prime in the league does, which is shop himself to the highest bidder. I think the Niners have already shown they are not going to bring him back by not trying to extend him last year. He’s a good player, but I’m guessing they feel they can get more bang for the money it would cost to sign Brown elsewhere.

      There will be a lot of options for them at CB in FA and the draft next season, and they have not been shy about expressing their preference of big CB’s as opposed to smaller guys like Brown.

      1. They have to look at signing him to an extension. You’ve got Culliver coming off an ACL tear…Carlos Rogers a year older and likely cap casualty … which brings in the possibility of (2) rookie corners starting in 2014??? Can’t risk that.

      2. Culliver will be back by next years TC, they will draft somebody, and resign a couple of their own FA’s. They could also look to sign somebody on the open market like Vernon’s brother. They might also get Nnamdi and Rogers to resign for less money as both are on the downside of their careers. There will be options don’t worry.

  9. What a joke. The only way that the Niners would to blame is if they told Brown to stay away. The one to blame for this mainly is Brown’s former agent with Brown himself a little at fault as well.

    1. Why is it a joke MidWest? Brandt clearly states that Brown and his agent share culpability in this matter, as should the 49ers powers that be.

      1. Jack
        Please illustrate how the 9ers disregarded their responsibilities in this contract matter thus making themselves culpable?
        Its a good faith agreement.
        When the 9ers gave AS a playbook even though he wasn’ t under contract with them Had AS signed with the seahawks and took his 9ers playbook with him to the enemy would the 9ers have any legal recourse? NO, because he was a free agent and the 9ers trusted him to come back to them.
        There is a clear difference in obligations and “acting in good faith”

      2. BOS,

        I believe that the 49ers have the responsibility to work with their players to make sure that they are aware of these things. It’s part of working in good faith, and should not be too difficult given the number of staff whose primary responsibility is keeping track of these things.

        So I put the blame on all three parties.

      3. Disagree Jack
        The nature of labor relations between union and employer (NFL) and between player and team is adversarial. It is clear the team wants perfect attendance since it is incentivized. 100% responsibility on the player & his agent.

      4. Jack
        The 9ers have 90 players under contract how many FO “contract guys” (as in guys who handle contracts) are there?

        One more scenario.
        Day one of OTA’s Brown is absent, a call gets placed to hm/his agent “did you know ur forfeiting 2 milion by not showing up?” Is it already too late since TB mised a day and therefore wasn’t there for 100% of the OTA workouts?
        Do u think the 9ers should have contacted him before the first day of OTA reminding him not to miss time?

        Should the 9ers have known tht he was planning on not attending and got to him before he missed 1 day thus nullifying his bonus?

        I know what ur saying regarding good faith but how far does it go?

      5. BOS,

        It is simple to track if they wanted to. In my business I have about 1500 customers whose accounts I am responsible for managing, and contacting on either a monthly, quarterly or annual basis depending on the type of account.

        It should be simple for a billion dollar organization such as the 49ers to handle 90 players. Maybe they need to hook up with Salesforce to help them out. : )

        Seriously, how difficult would it be for them to put together a simple letter at the end of each year? That’s all I am saying they should have done. Give notice upfront, and if the player chooses to ignore it that’s on them, but at least the organization has done their part.

      6. Name one time a contractor will let someone know in advance that they are about to lose money because they aren’t meeting a small clause in the contract Jack. It wasn’t the job of the Niners organization to let Brown know something that they already should have known. That was the agent’s job to make sure that Brown met the stipulations of the contract in order to get his money and it was Brown’s job to make sure that his agent was doing his job. The Niners are absolutely faultless here.

      7. Well said Mid. That’s why these players pay their agents. They are the ones responsible for informing their clients of the logistics included in each detail of the contract.
        As a real estate lawyer myself it is my responsibility to educate and inform all my clients on the very smallest of fine print in each contract.
        The 49ers should not have to baby sit anyone especially on an issue as important as a bonus. Should Brown have known anyway? I’m pretty sure that if he knew he would get a 2 million dollar bonus for making X amount of tackles in the season,he would be throwing himself on each pile. Some of these guys after the season is over go into hibernation and that’s ther fault.

      8. Signing something without knowing what is in it is as stupid as it comes. The fault is on Brown. He hired the agent, its his money and his life. Its his responsibility alone.

  10. It boils down to good old “Plausible Deniability.”

    What are the odds that Baalke, the front office, Ed Donatell and other staff fail to notice Brown dropping 2/3rds his salary by doing off campus workouts? Most front offices would assume there was a contract holdout and contact the player/agent right away.

    No question the agent and Brown were both doofuses for overlooking the OTA clause, but the 49ers are playing with fire if they don’t make Brown happy. They have the 2M reserved, the cap space allocated and their most athletic CB out for the season. Either pay him now or re-work an extension asap.

    A “Penny Wise and Pound Foolish” attitude could cost the 49ers big time in productivity and good will.

    1. Question, Brodie, meant respectfully: Having some vague idea of what an NFL coach’s workload is, do you really think Donatell or Fangio know the incentives in their guys’ deals? I’d suspect not.

      1. You are right. I don’t expected coaches to know exact contract terms.

        Should have worded it differently to indicate a coach likely has an exact idea who is supposed to show for OTAs… and would query (alert) the front office when a starter no-shows (scheduled or not).

      2. We’re not that far apart on this. Here’s my imagined scenario. Let’s say Donatell is very proactive (I have no idea) and checks in with his guys in Feb about workouts. Brown says he’s working at home, which he’s done before. Donatell mentions it to Fangio & Harbaugh, it is noted by coaches, but it doesn’t necessarily filter up to Baalke. Brown doesn’t know any better so he stays away. It’s no surprise to coaches as OTAs get under way, so no alarms sound. Coaches report attendance rosters to Personnel Department who happen to be well aware of the voluntarism and the incented. Done deal at that point.

    2. Brodie,

      I don’t think other players will hold it against the team if they don’t give Brown the 2 mill. This isn’t a case of cheating a player out of his money or not sticking to terms of a deal. It’s a cut and dried case of the player not meeting the conditions in his contract to earn the money. You think players that were in Santa Clara all winter working are going to be upset the team didn’t reward somebody who didn’t? I don’t.

      1. Sometimes a crisis can also be an opportunity. The 49ers have every right to keep the money, but are there are better options?

        1) The 49ers can yell “whoopie” and keep the 2M, leaving it up to Brown to sue his agent. Dandy, but a lawsuit would be a big distraction for Brown.
        2) The 49ers can use the situation to leverage a contract extension that makes the FO happy but still leaves Brown a little bitter (and the distraction of a court case).
        3) The 49ers can use the situation negotiate an extension that pleases both Brown and the team.
        4) The 49ers can waive the OTA clause and give Brown the 2M.

        What is the best scenario?

      2. Brodie
        I dont think that the 9ers could waive the OTA clause, since its in retrospect. Otherwise this could open up a backdoor channel to pay “workout bonuses” off the books as a way to circumvent the cap in the future

      3. Brodie,

        The best scenario is whatever each party wants, and I think they want different things. I think Brown wants to be paid like a frontline starting CB and the Niners have no intention of doing that. If that’s the case then Brown is left with playing the season out and seeing what is out there in FA. If the Niners had wanted to resign him, I believe they would have done it already. That leaves option 4) as the only way to make Brown happy, but if the Niners have no intention of resigning Brown, then why would they give up 2 mill they can use next year under the cap?

        No cut and dried answer which is why I think they’ll just leave it as is.

    1. The 49ers don’t owe Brown the 2M. The fault clearly lays with Brown and/or his Agent. They were total doofuses (as I said above). It is not the 49ers job to remind agents/players about the clauses they negotiated.

      Still, the Niners would be smart to make Brown happy. There is too much good will at risk… not just with Brown but the team and any future players considering becoming a 49er.

      1. B2w
        I figure that TB’s happines only matters for locker room unity sake. He is in a contract year, if he sulks and under performs he will loose a ton on the open market. So its in his best interest to go out there and crush it, And as someone noted above I doubt the tem unity would be shaken because in this case it’s brown’s own fault and that means that there is 2 mil more to go around to guys already in that locker room

      2. BOS
        You’ve made some good points. I’ll guess TB won’t sulk. I think he’s swallowed it. He was a Man with his reaction statement. He’s accepted the worst and hopes for the best. He’ll play hard in a contract year.
        Your point about the legality within League rules is spot on.

      3. I wonder if other players have similar clauses in their contracts? How would those guys feel if they upheld their end, got their bonus and along comes a doofus teamate who didn’t and the Niners bend backwards to give him a mulligan.

        Team unity goes both ways.

  11. The 9ers knew. If they didn’t, I would have to worry about their internal structure and attention to details. It wouldve have been nice to remind him but not necesary.

    Now they cannot just give it to him. Probably for one due to precedent and I’m guessing some kind of contract rules. Also they shouldn’t give him the whole thing anyways.

    I think the issue is about an extension. Niners probably low ball him a little bit with a contract extension while at least verbally saying that part of is his bonus that he missed. Two issues with this are 1-brown probably wants the highest bidder next year in fa and doesn’t want what the 9ers would offer 2- it’s kinda of like telling the dealer you have trade in before negotiating the price of your new car. Brown will never know what they wouldve have offered him without his issue.

    Sorry typed this on phone during a meeting. Not sure if it all makes sense.

  12. I don’t understand how the FO should have some of the blame here. I understand the arguments being made but they are stupid arguments. It is COMMON KNOWLEDGE the 49ers give workout bonuses to their players. It is also known that a lot of money is tied to player performance. With this common knowledge players still decide to not show up for offseason workouts. Brown wasn’t the first and won’t be the last. Should the 49ers call every single player that doesn’t show up and inform them of the money they aren’t receiving? If they didn’t for player A why would they for player B(rown)? Frank Gore just barely started showing up for workouts because the 9ers tied more money to him being present. I know it looks weird that Brown earned the 2mil because he played a lot but then lost it because he didn’t show up for workouts but this isn’t a scheme that the big men upstairs were created from the beginning. People who believe in this believe in all the wacadoo conspiracy theories too. I bet bigfoot was the one the stole Browns money.

  13. The person that bears the most responsibility is Brown, it was his contract. He should know what all the escalator and de-escalators are what he needs to do to obtain them. He should have sat down with the agent and understood that before he signed his contract. Unless the thing is 100% guaranteed, with no movement up or down, know what you have to do to get paid. If there was a bonus for INT’s, I’m sure he would know the numbers.
    The second person is his agent. He has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that his client gets paid. He should have reminded Brown of the bonus. There is no excuse for not doing so, and it cost him his job (rightfully so).
    I don’t know that the Niners had an obligation to remind Brown about the bonus, but it certainly goes a long way in the locker room and with players if they had mentioned it to Brown. The best way to remind players that football is a business is by taking money away from them. You remind players it’s about family when you are trying to sign them, you remind them it’s a business when you cut them.
    I agree that this gives the Niners more leverage when it comes to resigning Brown, but I am not sure that it offsets the goodwill that they might have burned with other players. If we’re talking about a family atmosphere, this seems like the crappy thing you do to your adopted step-cousin, not what you do to your kid brother. It’s not TECHNICALLY wrong, but…

    1. I’m not so sure about the goodwill aspect. As one poster mentioned earlier, players that showed up due to their contractual obligation might resent the fact that another player that decided to stay home and not joint his team mates gets paid for breaking his contract. What kind of message does that send? Most of these guys are pros and understand the business side of the game. Just a dumb mistake by Brown and his agent.

      1. I meant the goodwill of the Niners saying “Psst, are you sure you to miss the workout? 2 million bucks sure?”. They could have said something prior to the deadline. I agree that now that the cat’s out of the bag, they can’t just give it to him.

  14. One question I had from the beginning. How did this story break on Twitter? It wasn’t the 9ers or brown who brought this up. It wasn’t even his agent (for which he was fired) So Who looked at the contract and figured this out? If it was someone in the media it would make all parties involved look even worse than they already do.
    C’mon man, the guys at PFF know my contract better than me or my agent SMH

    1. I don’t know if this is true. in fact, its probably just someone else’s speculation. but there are NFL employees whose job it is to scrutinize contracts and figure out if there are teams going over the cap. If it was one of those guys he might have had no responsibility to call anyone but his conscious wanted him to call someone.

  15. In absolutely no way should the 49ers need to call their players to remind them of their contractual obligations or the ramifications of not meeting those obligations. That is entirely on the players and those the players hire to act as their agents. In the same way, if the 49ers organisation has a contractual obligation to a player (you know, like paying them their salary), the player should not be expected to remind the organisation.

    Both parties are responsible for the contract. In this case, it was Brown’s responsibility (and his agent’s) to know what he stood to lose. It is not the 49ers obligation to pay him the $2 million, as he did not meet his end of the deal.

  16. I was shocked that the 9ers did’nt contact T. Brown about being awol for the teams ota’s not to remind him about his contract but just to see where he was. I strongly believe the team should workout a deal with Brown to allow him to earn back his 2 mill. Having to deal with a hard cap salary cap makes it difficult to be competetive in signing FA’s so if money is’nt the difference in whether a FA comes to the 9ers it comes down to, is this a team that takes care of its players. Players used to fight for the chance to play for Eddie D. and Eddie D. would have paid T. Brown the money.

    1. OC
      Eddie D worked pre-Cap. In fact an arguement can be made that he and BW were so good they caused the Cap. The Good Ol’ Boys couldn’t stand getting bamboozled by a West Coast franchise.
      (‘Bamboozled’ would be high value in Srabble)

      1. Brotha i know E.D. was precap but when he paid J. Fuller $150,000 a yr for life it was’nt about the cap. When he took his whole team and their families to hawaii all expenses paid for their SB ring presentation it was’nt about the cap. My point was he went overboard in treating his players first class and i think it would be a great example of a class organization if the 9ers gave T. Brown an opportunity to earn back his 2 mill.

      2. Agree with all your points Coach. Thanks for reminding us all of the deal for Fuller. There was no competitive advantage in paying Jeff, only Godfather stepping up. Eddie’s players adored him for that. Not just the dollars themselves, but the commitment he showed and delivered. In biz, real stuff talks, bs walks.
        As you’ve acknowledged, Jed, Trent and Jim operate in a different world now.
        PS: I’d be interested in yours’ and others’ takes on what you’ll be ‘scouting’ Thursday night. In one sense, its everything, LOL!

      3. old coach,

        Players go to the highest bidder period. I don’t think for a second that the Niners not giving Brown money he didn’t earn is going to weigh on a FA’s mind at all. It comes down to the amount of the contract offer and the teams ability to be competitive.

        Eddie was great and a generous owner when the team was winning, but his style doesn’t exist in the current setup of the league. The bottom line is, the terms of Browns contract were spelled out and voided because he did not show up. We can go around about whether the team should have warned him, but at the end of the day a grown man and his agent violated the terms of the agreement signed and the Niners should not be expected to make amends for it. You think the player would give the money back if the situation was reversed? Not a chance. It’s a business and as hard as it must be for Brown to swallow, he’s going to have to accept that the fault lies on him and his agent and try to make it up in his next contract.

    2. You manage a team many consider the best in football.
      Your lifetime goal is winning the Super Bowl.
      Your most athletic corner just goes down with an ACL injury.
      Your most productive corner is facing an extremely distracting situation that could affect play and (according to his coach) has already affected his preparation.
      You already have the cash outlaid for this player.
      If paid it he would still be a relative bargain.

      I know what I would do.

      1. B2W
        While i still disagree on whether TB is owed anything or not the fact remains.
        The only way (legally) that we can give TB his 2 mil is if he resigns with us. As a 28yr old CB who is surely seeing his last chance to cash in in FA and who has been underpaid for the last 4 years I would not be inclined to give “hometown discounts” and i dont think the 9ers are willing to go with the market price for him especially if all it takes is one team to be over aggressive (see Goldson. Dashon TB)

    3. You know, this is a good point. If I were in the Niner’s FO, I would think “Is he OK? The guy just lost 2mil, is he dead?”

    1. There’s no chance he would sign for that money Paul. A starting CB is going to want double that at the very least. Not to say Brown would get it, but he’ll ask for it and somebody will most likely pay more than the Niners.

      1. Not sure I agree with you. I’m just looking at free-agent trends…and you take into account the cost of moving and uprooting your life…if I’m Brown I jump at 4 and 15.

        The top CB in free-agency was Sean Smith, he got a 3 year deal with the Chiefs for about 18 million. Sean Smith is also younger than Brown and can matchup with bigger WR … 6-3, 220 lbs.

        Brown is 5-10 and lets not pretend the guy is in Hawaii every January. Good, but not a star.

        Yep… 4 years 15 million.

        Tomorrow game can’t get here soon enough.

      2. Paul,

        Your numbers aren’t keeping up with inflation. There is no way a starting CB in his prime is signing for what you have proposed here. Somebody will pay Brown 5 mill a year at least. Wait and see.

      3. Paul,

        If the market for corners is as soft next year as it was this season I think those numbers are reasonable, maybe even a little high.

      4. In that scenario we wait until next year and snag TB with a reasonable contract or get another serviceble corner from the “soft” market to pair with a rookie and Cully

  17. Holy Mackerel. I can’t believe all the comments here.
    I have a question. It seems to me that a 2 million escalator to come to voluntary practice is way high. Is this very unusual? Was there other conditions folded into this escalator (like playing time or something) that nobody realized this was just the last one to be met? Has anyone heard of any other players getting such a large sum to attend voluntary practices?

    1. He had earned the two million by achieving playing time escalators in his contract Lou. Showing up to offseason workouts was a condition put in for him to keep it.

  18. Anybody still think there’s anything to the Niners being more susceptible to injury than a team that has played fewer games? Chargers would disagree as would a number of other teams who have lost more players for the season than the Niners have. It’s part of the business and spares nobody. If you get through a season relatively injury free be thankful and prepared to get hit with a bunch of them the following year.

    1. I do, if you look at it as a whole. Iupati, Staley, Smith, Smith, a lot of Niners were injured and are rehabilitating. There is inherent danger in the sport and playing it more exposes you to more risk. There are two independent risk factors, training/wear and tear, and game injury risk.

  19. I think it sucks that Brown lost out in that money. However, whether the front office knew or not is not the issue. The 49ers don’t get paid to make sure Brown fulfills those contract obligations; that’s what his agent was paid for. His agent screwed it up and his agent got fired. The 49ers don’t owe Brown anything technically. If they want to give it to him in the form of a bonus with a new contract great, but if anything his former agent’s name should be shared with every player in the league and any incoming rookies. That way this never happens again.

  20. “Andy Lee is working on a knuckleball-like punt that lands softly and is hard to catch. “It’s a weird drop and a weird swing,” Lee said. He also said he is having difficulty controlling the distant on the specialty kick. Nevertheless, he may unearth it Thursday night.”

  21. Mr Brown went to the University of Texas at Austin, a fine school. Presumably a prerequisite to enrollment is the ability to read.

    It’s best to generally assume that the world is an uncompromising place.

  22. It’s pretty simple I think: brown should have know. His agent shouldve known. And it would have been nice for niners to have reminded them but probably not necessary.

    Even though this is the agents job and should ve been fired. I put the blame like this : brown >agent> niners. When you sign a contract and you know there is a 2 million bonus you better know how, when, where, who, what etc.

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