A good agent may have been able to get Sherman a base package of much more than $7.21 million.

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Players are tempted to negotiate their own deals because of one thing and one thing only: They don’t like writing checks to their agents. If, like state and federal income taxes, the fees were deducted from the players’ game checks, the players may be less salty about paying their agents. (Anyone who pays quarterly taxes out of money already earned understands this dynamic all too well.)
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Henri Richard Jersey But it’s not about the check the player writes. It’s about the check the player gets. Sherman has a practical guarantee for 2018 of $7 million. Under the maximum fee of three percent, he would have paid $210,000. Thus, a good agent would have had to negotiate a base deal worth $7.21 million for 2018 to pay for the agent’s services.

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Consider this potential scenario, which was hinted at last night: A team like the Broncos, Vikings, Cardinals, or Jets makes simultaneous offers to multiple quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum, A.J. McCarron, Sam Bradford, and Teddy Bridgewater, telling their agents that the first one to accept gets the job. That would eliminate one option at a time for the other remaining quarterbacks. If enough options evaporate, leverage does, too.

This could be why, for example, Cousins may be waffling on his plan to make one of more visits before signing with a team. ESPN says he won’t be; NFL Media says he will be. The truth is that he hasn’t finalized his plans yet.

Cousins hasn’t finalized his plans because of the basic reality that waiting to take visits until Wednesday could leave him with only one place to visit and one team to negotiate with. (Ideally, a free agent needs at least two in order to get the best possible deal.) If he thinks multiple teams will be in play come Wednesday, and that those teams won’t move on to their next option until Cousins makes a decision, he’ll be in control of his market.