San Francisco 49ers defensive back and Niner Noise’s second most underrated 49er, Tarell Brown, lost roughly $2 million from his base salary for failing to show up to Organized Team Activities (OTAs) this offseason. His failure to show up because his agent did not inform him of the clause caused Brown to “part ways” with his agent.
Said Brown of the situation:
When you have somebody who advises you to do certain things and he doesn’t know certain clauses in the contract, you put too much trust into people. That’s what happened in this situation. It’s something I’ve always done, offseason at home, training and getting myself in shape. It had nothing to do with not wanting to work out, no contract problems, it just had to do with me wanting to go back home and train. It’s something I’ve been doing for the past few years.
Brown also said he found out via Twitter and that he immediately contacted his agent once the report came out.
In a business where your career could end at any moment, leaving $2 million on the table is a devastating loss for Brown –who is in his contract year. Brown said there is “most definitely” a desire to earn that money back in his next contract and that you never want to “leave money on the table”.
Brown’s unfortunate situation gives the Niners roughly $2 million more in salary cap. Money that they could use to sign a player, like Brown, to a long-term contract and front-load said contract to save money in future years.
Brown is still trying to find a way around the unfortunate loss and that it’s been “hard to concentrate”. Not what you want to hear from your best corner entering Training Camp.