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CAA replaces Shawne Merriman with Vince Young

On the same day that news broke of Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman’s decision to part ways with CAA comes word that Titans quarterback Vince Young has hired the mega-firm.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that Young has hired CAA and ditched Major Adams, a family friend who was in the right place at the right time, and who has represented Young since he was drafted in 2006.

And, like Tom Hagen, Adams has a special practice — he handles one client.  (Well, he handled one client.)

Young’s rookie deal is due to expire after the 2011 season.  He is scheduled to earn $7.5 million and $8.5 million over the next two years, respectively.

By rule, a new agent receives no compensation until the player signs a new contract.

Tennessee’s backup quarterback, Kerry Collins, is represented by David Dunn of Athletes First.

CAA became a major player in the football world several years ago by hiring Tom Condon and later Ben Dogra.  The duo have combined to create one of the most formidable teams in the entire industry.  And, of course, the fact that I made that statement means I’ll receive several e-mails from other agents who take issue with that comment via tactics ranging from humor to anger to pointing out that they’ve got “a few
more zeros
at the end of [their] contract than [I] do.”

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9 Responses to “CAA replaces Shawne Merriman with Vince Young”
  1. ethan robert says: May 11, 2010 2:10 PM

    Yeah, yeah, let those guys gloat about the “zeros at the end of their contracts”. Mr and Mrs Florio didn’t send the bambino to law school for nothing. Mike gets “the zeros up front” on his contract.

  2. jermely says: May 11, 2010 2:21 PM

    “And, of course, the fact that I made that statement means I’ll receive several e-mails from other agents who take issue with that comment via tactics ranging from humor to anger to pointing out that they’ve got “a few more zeros at the end of [their] contract than [I] do.””
    Could you please be somewhat mature and not hold a grudge over something that stupid?

  3. Shai says: May 11, 2010 2:21 PM

    Florio, You’re sounding very sensitive. Let it be known that you, almost surely, earn a LOT more than I do, ok?

  4. Benjamin C Klein says: May 11, 2010 2:25 PM

    still, adams negotiated a good contract. master p eat your heart out.

  5. FreeAgentPro says: May 11, 2010 2:31 PM

    Vince Young is only a few poor games away from being benched again. He managed to escape the ‘bust’ category in 2009, but Jamarkus Russell is keeping his seat warm.

  6. kaprieli says: May 11, 2010 3:37 PM

    “Why didn’t you say you were with Corleoneeeee Tom?”

  7. Jag4Life says: May 11, 2010 3:39 PM

    Well if Young doesn’t show and prove this year he won’t need a big-time agent to negotiate his next contract. Let’s see how he does starting this season instead of coming in when the team is
    0-6 with no pressure at all. Jaguars defense hurt his little feelings 2 seasons ago and his own fans booed him. If it wasn’t for Chris Johnson last season you’d be a career back-up on some other roster by now. Poor Vinny!!!!!

  8. johnthehillboy says: May 11, 2010 4:03 PM

    I wanted to mock jermely at first read but after about 2 seconds I realized s/he was right.
    Even if Florio takes the position that he is pointing out his “good readership number skills” by saying something opinionated to make people read and comment, thus being a good NBC boy, but, wants us to know he is fluffin’ it up…..Florio should realize that no matter what position he takes, left, right, or middle, a majority will not hold his view and comment if the journalism was written well enough to evoke action and that his disclaimer looks like Duct Tape on the side of a boat.

  9. smithopher says: May 11, 2010 4:35 PM

    I’ve got to say, I think Florio is the only writer on this website that I’ve got no respect for. He puts a little bit of a little-bitch-yness on his articles. No need to preface the idea that people that are gonna try to shoot you down in your article due to the money you make. You’ve got a job to do, just do it. I hate when Florio makes things personal.

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