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Despite agent mess, Robert Quinn agrees to terms with Rams

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As of Saturday, a source with knowledge of the official NFLPA document listing the signing status of draft picks told PFT that the item listed no agent for Rams defensive end Robert Quinn.  But Quinn has, per multiple reports, agreed to terms with the Rams.

So who negotiated the deal?

Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal reports that Tony Fleming of Impact Sports worked with the Rams to get Quinn signed.  The development comes only days after Fleming’s colleague, Mitch Frankel, told Mullen that Impact Sports hadn’t signed Quinn as a client — even though Quinn’s former agent had sued Impact Sports, alleging that Fleming and Frankel stole Quinn away.

Carl Carey had filed with his lawsuit a motion for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented Impact Sports from negotiating the deal.  If the TRO was issued, it apparently has since been lifted.

Moving forward, this one could get interesting.  Because the NFLPA wasn’t a union at the time the suit was filed, and thus not authorized to regulate agents, agents were able to rely on the court system if/when other agents induced a client to break his representation contract.

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6 Responses to “Despite agent mess, Robert Quinn agrees to terms with Rams”
  1. everydayimfumbilin says: Jul 31, 2011 1:11 PM

    getting sued before he’s even played a down. amazing

  2. skoobyfl says: Jul 31, 2011 1:12 PM

    Agents losing money on draftees makes the new rules all worth it.

  3. jmbresky says: Jul 31, 2011 1:19 PM

    Wow, that is a mess.

  4. malignantsociety says: Jul 31, 2011 2:08 PM

    Now that there is a rookie wage scale, what is to stop rookies from foregoing the use of an agent altogether?

    Can’t they just negotiate the deal on their own for the max value and then hire an agent around the time their rookie deal is up?

  5. uclabruininstlouis says: Jul 31, 2011 2:49 PM

    With the new rules, maybe players won’t need agents (too bad).

  6. dealer009 says: Jul 31, 2011 3:28 PM

    The terms of contracts still need to be checked over for market value – bonuses and guaranteed money have to contemplated.

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