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Tarell Brown blows $2 million by not showing up for offseason program

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The decision of Jets quarterback Geno Smith to push nearly $700,000 in base salary to workout bonuses for 2015 and 2016 sparked a back-and-forth regarding whether more players should do it.

One player who would advise against it is 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown.

Per multiple reports, Brown lost $2 million by failing to show up for the team’s offseason program.

Technically, it wasn’t a workout bonus.  Brown’s salary hinged on participation in the offseason workouts.  By failing to show, his base pay drops from $2.925 million to $925,000.

The good news for the 49ers is that the team has picked up $2 million in cap space.

The buzz in league circles is that Brown wasn’t aware of the amount of cash hinging on his participation in offseason workouts.  On one hand, he signed the contract — and arguably he should have read it.  On the other hand, his agent (who has a clear incentive to see Brown maximize his compensation) may have failed to explain it to Brown.

Either way, Brown’s agent probably should read his malpractice insurance policy.

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53 Responses to “Tarell Brown blows $2 million by not showing up for offseason program”
  1. 52lightsxout52 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:29 PM

    What was his wonderlic, anyone know???

  2. citizenstrange says: Jul 25, 2013 4:29 PM

    Just think how many tigers and monkeys he could have bought with that money!

  3. elwayfanj says: Jul 25, 2013 4:31 PM

    Hard not to laugh at him

  4. willbow5253 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:32 PM

    Hmmmm….I wonder if we can somehow use this as leverage to signing him to an extension on the cheap. He’s quietly the best corner on the roster and played at a high level last year.

  5. joey49er says: Jul 25, 2013 4:34 PM

    Wow ! tarell what was u thinking? u deserve that money…but im sure the niners will take care of u…good luck this yr

  6. Patskrieg dot com says: Jul 25, 2013 4:34 PM

    The Niners have aggressively been trying to add cornerback talent throughout the off season. What the hell was this guy thinking blowing off mini-camps?

  7. watchfullhose says: Jul 25, 2013 4:35 PM

    With the risk to injury – it might be wise for him to sit the season out

  8. wimperd says: Jul 25, 2013 4:36 PM

    Or Brown should have just showed up when he was supposed to….

  9. smacklayer says: Jul 25, 2013 4:37 PM

    Oh no he di’int

  10. mattytwoshoes says: Jul 25, 2013 4:37 PM

    My Momma always says, “stupid is as stupid does”. I love my Momma.

  11. cincy90 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:38 PM

    And it probably won’t be long that we will be reading that he is bankrupt wishing that he had that 2 mill that he left on the table. It’s amazing to see the immature, ridiculous behavior that some of these athletes exhibit. For just working out in one off season, he could have earned more than most people earn in their lifetime.

  12. bambi19td says: Jul 25, 2013 4:38 PM

    Unbelievable! Brown is now a candidate for the 2013 Darwin Awards.

  13. umainebearman says: Jul 25, 2013 4:39 PM

    “He’s quietly the best corner on the roster and played at a high level last year.”

    He’s so quiet that they don’t even notice him at practice.

  14. fdugrad says: Jul 25, 2013 4:39 PM

    Imagine two MILLION set aside in a conservative, safe account, untouched and compounding interest over twenty years, rather than walking right on by it!! Guess he will join VY, Sapp, TO as wellas the tiger and monkey purchasing doofus on the dole in a few years! Guys like this simply CAN’T be helped!

  15. doubleogator says: Jul 25, 2013 4:39 PM

    Cut him just for sheer stupidity…

  16. bucrightoff says: Jul 25, 2013 4:40 PM

    What do you expect when most of these guys take Communications or General Studies in college?

  17. Al says: Jul 25, 2013 4:41 PM

    So much for the “wisdom” of hiring an agent rather than representing yourself. Without an agent he might have been more tuned in…

  18. allhailkingflacco says: Jul 25, 2013 4:43 PM

    Cue the Carl Lewis, “Uh oh !”

  19. randy8123 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:43 PM

    citizenstrange says:
    Jul 25, 2013 4:29 PM
    Just think how many tigers and monkeys he could have bought with that money!

    —-

    Best comment of the day.

  20. buddybowl69 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:43 PM

    Dumbarce… SMH

  21. duece5 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:45 PM

    Vince Young is laughing……

  22. biggestredmiami says: Jul 25, 2013 4:45 PM

    Probably the only guy having a worse day than Aaron Hernandez right now

  23. unbiasfan says: Jul 25, 2013 4:47 PM

    At least he didn’t pay $3 million dollars to change his jersey number…

  24. e5tolife says: Jul 25, 2013 4:48 PM

    Haha that’s like wiping your ass with a winning lottery ticket

  25. whatnojets says: Jul 25, 2013 4:49 PM

    This what happens when you write contracts in English ONLY!!

  26. phelbin says: Jul 25, 2013 4:50 PM

    Tiki Barber is flabbergasted!

  27. banjaxedbengal says: Jul 25, 2013 4:50 PM

    doubleogator says:

    Cut him just for sheer stupidity…

    Pffffffft he is every owners dream!

    I can hear Mike Brown: “Write up those goofy contracts boys – gotta save me *cough cough* I mean the team some $$ in cap space this year!”

  28. JSpicoli says: Jul 25, 2013 4:51 PM

    Only in the NFL

  29. cup1981 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:56 PM

    Wow, how exactly someone just bypasses $2 million is beyond me. Simply idiotic.

  30. bennyb82 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:57 PM

    The ultimate team player…he should just say he did it to help the cap space…on a serious note, I wonder if his agent reminded him. A good agent should expect that his client would need reminding….this is the NFL!

  31. kinggator says: Jul 25, 2013 4:58 PM

    He’s moving up in the rankings.. but still behind Hernandez & Titus Young.

  32. essentialsausage says: Jul 25, 2013 5:04 PM

    The University of Texas doesn’t seem to turn out many geniuses.

  33. whatnojets says: Jul 25, 2013 5:07 PM

    Speaking of Titas Young…….

    Arrests: 3 4
    Charges: DUI, Burglary (twice), Assaulting a police officer, Resisting arrest (UPDATE: Add theft to this list)

    That’s a FORTY EIGHT (UPDATE: FIFTY) arrest pace during a 16 week NFL season. He clearly has to be one of the leaders for NFL MVF (Most Valuable Felon). Can anyone match those numbers? For example, Pacman Jones, Kenny Britt and Marshawn Lynch have put up some gaudy arrest numbers in the past but no one has been on a pace like this. He’s putting up numbers that entire teams put up (outside of perhaps the Detroit Lions, his former team…once a Lion, always a Lion).

    This is a guy that once declared that he was “better” than Megatron, so he’s got the mental insanity potential to shatter arrest records. Luckily, California’s prison system franchise tagged him so they get all the bail money. That’s potentially billions of dollars, very smart decision there. Also, he’s apparently got one hell of a lawyer because he keeps getting out of prison despite spending more time there than police officers that work there.

    Where does he go next? How does he solidify his case for MVF? An obvious bet would be weed. Surprisingly he hasn’t been busted for that yet. But a simple pot arrest probably isn’t challenging enough for an all-pro felon like Titus Young. He’s smart enough not to deal with weed yet stupid enough to try to break into a tow yard to steal his own car out despite having the money to get himself out on bail 3, 4, 5, 10, 20, maybe 1,000 times.

    It’ll likely be something unexpected but incredibly stupid all at the same time. Like trying to hold up a convenience store with a cap gun. (UPDATE: His 4th arrest was actually stealing from a convenience store, apparently we were on to something. What will be arrest #5? Getting arrested at his arraignment sounds like a very good possibility. We’ll go with that.)

    Will he be NFL MVF? Who knows. One thing is for sure, the NFL hasn’t seen numbers like this maybe ever. He’s got potential to go down as the G.F.O.A.T. (greatest felon of all time). By the time he’s done, he could have his own wing at the NFL Hall of Fame just to have enough room to store all the evidence from his crimes. And isn’t that what we all dream of having?

  34. loubearkane says: Jul 25, 2013 5:09 PM

    Release him , release him now. His dum dum will spread it’s contagious.

  35. flannlv says: Jul 25, 2013 5:13 PM

    Florio’s correct. His agent better have some documented evidence that he explained the ramifications of missing the workouts, otherwise the agent had better pray his E&O doesn’t have exclusions for stupidity.

  36. murraysons says: Jul 25, 2013 5:19 PM

    Even if he was *only* going to lose, say, 100k by not showing up, isn’t that just as stupid? Show up, lift some weights, run around in shorts, and make your full salary. Why wouldn’t you?

  37. NoHomeTeam says: Jul 25, 2013 5:22 PM

    citizenstrange says: Just think how many tigers and monkeys he could have bought with that money

    *************

    It’s times like these that make we want a second login, just to I can ThumbUp again!

  38. simplybernie says: Jul 25, 2013 5:28 PM

    No one could keep me from my team mates. Oh well, money isn’t everything.

  39. 1rockyracoon says: Jul 25, 2013 5:28 PM

    “Tarell, are you going to the team workouts?”
    “Nah, it’s not mandatory so I’m not going. It’s not like the team will give me $2 million if I go.”

  40. jdphx says: Jul 25, 2013 5:30 PM

    Somebody’s gonna fire their agent…

  41. bcgreg says: Jul 25, 2013 5:41 PM

    Either the player is dumb or the agent is. In either case…STUPID!

  42. raiderlyfe510 says: Jul 25, 2013 5:44 PM

    I like Jimmy Johnson’s approach to if offseason workouts were mandatory. Which was they’re only mandatory if you want to be on the team.

    If there was one person or one position group that should not be missing any team workouts it’s the 2012 49ers secondary. They’re about as expendable as expendable could get.

  43. titansbro says: Jul 25, 2013 5:46 PM

    Wow, just wow. How stupid can a man be?

  44. coloradofort says: Jul 25, 2013 5:50 PM

    When he looks back 5 years from now and is now working for “Da Man” he will consider himself poorly advised…..but then again its his responsibility to read and understand his contract….

  45. puckheadz says: Jul 25, 2013 5:51 PM

    Yeah right….That 2mil just turned into 3-4 down the road.

  46. herkulease says: Jul 25, 2013 5:57 PM

    Why would he and his agent be stupid enough to negotiate a deal that ties base salary with VOLUNTARY workouts.

    Anyways his comments to the Mercury News back in June suggests he knew about it the language. So either him and/or his agent got confused on which workout they had to attend to pick up that 2 million. He attended the mandatory workout portion.

    It seemed as they were hoping to get a new contract by use that jump in salary as leverage rather than holdout of training camp.

  47. granadafan says: Jul 25, 2013 6:12 PM

    Huge Niners fan, but I’m just shaking my head on this one.

  48. bennyb82 says: Jul 25, 2013 6:43 PM

    Someone should ask him what he did instead…that would be worth another article.

  49. mackcarrington says: Jul 25, 2013 6:55 PM

    Did Brown and Elvis Dumervill have the same agent?

  50. jrcoop says: Jul 25, 2013 7:05 PM

    For a good team, they don’t seem very smart.

  51. lakermetskins says: Jul 25, 2013 7:56 PM

    The way to look at this is: He’ll be in a better tax bracket now.

  52. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 25, 2013 10:25 PM

    Another day and another agent failing at delivering service commensurate with the pay rate.

  53. sc49ers says: Jul 27, 2013 12:17 AM

    Should have read the deal before signing it..its your money…

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