Richard Sherman supports Lamar Jackson’s decision not to hire an agent

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San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman likes having company among prominent NFL players without agents.

So Sherman says he’s pleased to see that Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson hasn’t hired an agent in advance of the 2018 NFL draft.

“Yes, it’s a great idea,” Sherman told USA Today. “In terms of improving his draft stock or the amount of money he receives, there isn’t much they can do. I’m sure he has mentors and [advisers] who can guide him.”

Not hiring an agent makes more sense for a rookie like Jackson, who is going to be stuck with the contract slotted to his draft position, than for a veteran free agent like Sherman, who was involved in active contract negotiations. So even if Sherman is right that Jackson doesn’t need an agent, that doesn’t mean Sherman made the right call when he decided not to hire an agent for himself.

But agents do more than just negotiate contracts. Agents for draft prospects set up meetings and workouts with NFL teams, and there have been reports that teams have had trouble getting Jackson scheduled for workouts.

The question, then, is whether an agent’s help in setting up meetings and workouts for Jackson with NFL teams would bolster Jackson’s draft stock enough to be worth paying an agent 1 percent to 3 percent of his rookie contract. Jackson and Sherman don’t think having an agent is worth the money. The overwhelming majority of NFL players think it is.

45 responses to “Richard Sherman supports Lamar Jackson’s decision not to hire an agent

  1. Richard Sherman has an opinion on everything. He really has no idea that they use him like a tool.

  2. From what I’ve read about Jackson’s mom, I’d say it’s not the 3% they are worried about, but giving anyone control over her son. She has a plan and no agent is going to tell her how to handle it. I’m guessing they are trying to gain some control over where Lamar ends up by blowing off certain teams. It’s a unique approach, but at least they don’t have to associate with the usual agent scum bags.

  3. I’m sure that Lamar Jackson and his Mom will sleep better tonight knowing that Richard Sherman approves. Once again, it’s nothing that pertains to or involves him.

  4. I can’t wait to see how bad this goes with mommy doing an agent’s work. lol

  5. He’s correct this is the right decision for a rookie because of slotted pay scales. For other players, probably better to have an Agent and drive down his percentage.

  6. Hopefully Jackson’s mom is right; they’re playing high-stakes poker with Lamar’s career earnings, and there’s a whole lot more than just agent commissions at risk here.

    There’s no way of knowing how many teams have serious interest….but if their unorthodox (and possibly unwise) approach causes teams to question his preparedness, then he could end up sliding several slots further than expected. And that’s a LOT of money getting pulled off the table.

    Consider the contract values of the first-round picks in 2017:

    #1 – $30M
    #5 – $25M
    #10 – $16M
    #15 – $12M
    #20 – $11M
    #32 – $9M

    Many predictions have had Jackson going in the top 10-15 picks…but that’s looking less and less likely. If Jackson ends up sliding a few slots as a result of all this, he could end up losing millions of dollars.

  7. Their seems to be an assumption that you either hire an agent or you don’t which is wrong . As a player you can hire an attorney for a specific role such as contract advice or endorsements for for a fixed time and amount . You can also hire a personal assistant for a salary based on actual work not a percentage of your earnings. Point being I don’t think you need an agent that will get a percentage of all your earnings but think it would be wise to pay for professional advice on a as needed basis for a flat fee rather then having a fulltime agent.

  8. I’m not sure why any rookie would have an agent if the contract is already slotted. If they need someone to schedule workouts they could just hire an administrative assistant that would be a heck of a lot cheaper than an agent.

  9. Honestly, this is genius. The amount a rookie usually makes is already set depending on the draft spot, so he saves a big deal of money on frivolous agent fees. With that being said his mother is extremely knowledgeable about the game of football and she definitely has his best interest at heart. You definitely can look at a roster, tell what teams have serious interest by the scheme they run, depth chart, coaching staff and how they’ve worked with quarterbacks in previous situations. It’s not very hard to gauge a situation and she’s looking out for him to be put in the best position to succeed.

  10. Ironic… we want to rip Sherman for “having an opinion” on this. It’s not like he called a press conference to announce that he ‘supports’ this. Some reporter asked and Sherman answered. If anything, we should be ripping the reporter for asking such a dumb question.

  11. Jackson is a late 3rd or early fourth round pick, his mom, his agent, his mentor doesn’t matter….He will be a project by either an organization that has a solid QB, or one that has head coaches who seem to think they are QB gurus…

  12. It’s the same reason you need a real estate agent. If they are good, they can find the best deal for you and they can be the bad guy in the negotiation. They should easily be able to make you extra money and cover their own costs.

    However, if you already know you want a certain house and you can directly broker a deal with the owner then the value of the agent is basically zero because they can’t add enough value to cover their costs.

    Sherman was kind of the latter, but most players aren’t.

  13. troylok says:
    April 5, 2018 at 10:22 am
    I’m not sure why any rookie would have an agent if the contract is already slotted. If they need someone to schedule workouts they could just hire an administrative assistant that would be a heck of a lot cheaper than an agent.

    —————

    I totally guessing, but maybe the challenge is that the NFL makes it difficult for people that aren’t certified as agents to interact with the teams unless the player does it themselves.

  14. Wow, the narrative is so disturbing surrounding a black QB. This guy is DeShaun Watson only quicker and faster! He also played against much tougher competition in college, with lesser talented teammates than Watson. Every team that passes on this guy will regret it in 2 years.

  15. Where’s the critical hit piece on Ndamukong Suh’s agent for incompetence? A pathetic ONE year contract for a top defensive lineman is a disgraceful job by an agent. Dude is 32 and not getting younger. Yet silence…

  16. curmudgeon13 says:
    April 5, 2018 at 10:34 am
    After Sherman flames out with the 49er’s this season, I can’t wait for his NFL network debut. All Richard, all the time……
    ——
    First, we will all have to sit thru another collusion lawsuit, as nobody will want to hire Sherman to talk on their network… nobody… Not the NFLN, not BSPN, not Fox Sports, nobody.

  17. 700levelvet says:
    April 5, 2018 at 10:29 am
    Jackson is a late 3rd or early fourth round pick, his mom, his agent, his mentor doesn’t matter….He will be a project by either an organization that has a solid QB, or one that has head coaches who seem to think they are QB gurus…
    _____________________________

    So Jackson is a late 3rd or 4th round pick according to you. Then Allen must be a 5th or 6th round selection.

    I mean Jackson had a better completion percentage, threw for more TD’s and way more yards (through the air and on the ground). And Jackson played against first Tier talent; whereas, Allen did not.

    Oh and Jackson won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Walter Camp Award and was a unanimous All-American . Allen has a wheely big ahm tho! lol

  18. Biggest job interviews and meetings of your life, with massive corporations employing all kinds of lawyers, negotiators, and managers, and you leave your mom to match up with them? No offense to his mom, but I think she’s outkicked her coverage on this one. Just the contacts and insider info alone is worth the agents fee.

  19. redlikethepig says:
    April 5, 2018 at 9:24 am
    Richard Sherman has an opinion on everything. He really has no idea that they use him like a tool.
    ——
    Americans have opinions on everything. As an American Sherman is no different than you or I. Nobody forced you to share YOUR opinion on this matter. Since Sherman has had a sports agent during his NFL career, that makes his opinion more credible then those of us that have never played in the NFL or have been represented by an agent.

  20. It’s all predetermined money. There is not much to negotiate besides offset language, bonus payment terms, and roster bonus allocations. First round picks don’t pay 3% to the agent. Normal practice is 1% for first round picks. He may not need the agent for his rookie deal but he will need some sort of representation for his endorsements. If he makes it to his next contact I would hire a agent.

  21. Hate on Sherman all y’all want but he seems highly intelligent and well spoken (can’t judge him by trash talk during/after a game) and if you have the ability to negotiate for yourself, which he obviously does then why not do it to save yourself the money you’d pay to an agent

  22. “Honesty, is such a lonely word… evry’one is so untrue…” (Billy Joel)

    Great for Jackson to have his mom represent him. Why give up commi$$ion money to an agent, when Jackson can give it to his mom 🙂

  23. I agree. The players should be supporting each other. The vets on the team should explain offset language. And like previous guys stated. It’s slotted. So there not a lot of room for negotiations. It’s unwise to give your money to people who don’t could care less about you.

  24. I get Sherman not wanting an agent. He’s at the end of his career, is already rich, and is coming off of a devastating injury. There aren’t a lot of advertising opportunities for him at this point. I think it’s dumb, but I get it. Jackson is making a colossal mistake. His mom is not a lawyer and doesn’t understand the complicated speech lawyers use in contracts (which is there to intentionally trip up non-lawyers). She has no connections with the big companies and will severely ruin his brand when she starts replying to criticism like a mom. Lamar’s huge mistake will haunt him when he starts seeing less talented players getting big endorsement deals and he’s doing commercials for local businesses for way less.

  25. John Stockton quit using agents early in his career.

    He knew his market value, he knew he’d take less to stay on a winning team he liked playing for, his ego didn’t demand getting paid more than other people doing things he didn’t want to be doing.

    Very few pro athletes of any kind are in that situation, but the ones who are can safely ignore the advice of a media mob.

  26. kennylc2015 says:
    April 5, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Ironic… we want to rip Sherman for “having an opinion” on this. It’s not like he called a press conference to announce that he ‘supports’ this. Some reporter asked and Sherman answered. If anything, we should be ripping the reporter for asking such a dumb question.
    …………………….

    By far the most intelligent and common sense statement. I was thinking the same but you said it perfectly

  27. Consider the contract values of the first-round picks in 2017:

    #1 – $30M
    #5 – $25M
    #10 – $16M
    #15 – $12M
    #20 – $11M
    #32 – $9M

    Many predictions have had Jackson going in the top 10-15 picks…but that’s looking less and less likely. If Jackson ends up sliding a few slots as a result of all this, he could end up losing millions of dollars.
    ____________

    Okay, considered it. And it looks like there is larger discrepancy b/t #5 & #10 than there is from #10 to #32.

    Which means all your chatter about Lamar being significantly stung financially a red herring. Idk what “predictions” you’ve been mindlessly slurping up…but I haven’t seen a serious mock that had him going anywhere higher than #15 to Arizona. And I have to believe that’s on that he high side for him. He’s most likely a mid-20’s pick. The big risk is actually him falling out of that hehe first. And that’s not going to happen either. Someone would trade back into the 1st for him before that could happen.

  28. Im indifferent on this issue. On one hand a prospect like Jackson keeps the 1-3% an agent commands; however, typically the agent has connections on preparing the client (player) with workout facilities in preparation of the combine, which can improve one’s draft stock.

  29. Attorneys who negotiate or are in court for a living love going up against people who represent themselves. That’s all you need to know on how advisable it is to not have an agent for the first contract. It’s not just the contract that’s the issue. The agent’s job is to get their client noticed and set up meetings or interviews so the player doesn’t have to worry about that. Agents have connections with GMs and media types. The parent(s) of players don’t. There’s been no one to talk up or promote Lamar Jackson. No one helped him prepare for the combine and Wonderlic. He’s not been mentioned as part of the group for the top QBs at all.

  30. I love the mindset of the common fan. Most fans hate Sherman, so they reply with comments like “who asked him”.

    What they don’t realize is this was aquestion asked by a reporter from USA Today. He wasn’t just spouting off, as most here would have you believe. He was answering a reporter’s question.

  31. kennylc2015 says:
    April 5, 2018 at 10:27 am
    Ironic… we want to rip Sherman for “having an opinion” on this. It’s not like he called a press conference to announce that he ‘supports’ this. Some reporter asked and Sherman answered. If anything, we should be ripping the reporter for asking such a dumb question.
    +++
    It’s also ironic that so many people on here don’t like Sherman, and what he has to say. However, articles related to Sherman receive multiple responses from those same people. It’s strange…

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