This is an example of why you should always read the fine print… Tarell Brown, who emerged as one of the best cornerbacks on the San Francisco 49ers in recent seasons, saw his 2013 salary take a dip from $2.925 million to $925,000 for missing the Niners’ offseason workout program. Here’s details, courtesy of CSN Bay Area:
A league source confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report Thursday morning that Brown forfeited a $2 million escalator in his contract for failure to complete the 2013 offseason workout clause in his contract. As a result, his base salary for the upcoming season falls from $2.925 million to $925,000.
Brown originally signed a five-year, $10.2 million extension in October of 2009 that was negotiated by agent Brian Overstreet. That dollar figure drops to $8.2 million with his failure to meet workout requirements. Brown also did not earn a $75,000 workout bonus.
So if you add it all up, Brown lost about $20.75 million for choosing to work out in Texas over the offseason instead of with the team. Ouch.
To make matters worse, when asked how Brown found out about the forfeited salary, his response was “via Twitter”. Ouch.
If I were Brown, I’d be pissed at my agent for not informing of the offseason workout clause ended up costing him over $2 mil. That’s a lot of coin to lose just for missing a few OTAs. Brown quickly fired his agent after finding out about the lost salary (of course he did).
Brown is in the last year of his contract, so hopefully he can make up the loss in his next deal and reads the fine print this time.
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