Originally posted by real9erfan:
Although I agree with that in general, most players do not have the attention span or the time to read over every detail of their contracts, which is why they hire agents to take care of that aspect of their lives. And the agent does have a duty to make sure his client is fully informed of all provisions of his contract. When Tarrell Brown indicated that he was not going to take part in the voluntary workout program with the team, the agent could have easily called him and said "hey dude, you do realize you will lose $2 million dollars if you don't go, right?" That was a major blunder on the agent's part.
Yeah totally fault the agent here. The agent's job is to provide all the significant details to his client. A $2 bonus (2/3s of his salary) is a major detail that should have been talked about months leading up to the date. Highlight that on Brown's calender. Remind him again one week before, tell him again 1 day before. I can't see how anyone can fault the player. Those contracts with the fine print are tough to sort through and that's why agents are hired. To read and understand the fine print, then interpret that to the player.
I hope the 49ers do the right thing and somehow allow Brown to earn it back. I agree that not allowing him to make it back can weigh on his mind and effect his on field play, which I think we can all agree we do not want. Doing the right thing will go far towards creating an image that the 49ers are a class organization. Many players' eyes will be on this issue and how it gets dealt by the front office.