Brown was set to earn $2.925 million this season in base salary after signing a three-year, $7.125 million extension in 2009. The figure dropped to $925,000 after Brown failed to attend the offseason workouts, which would have triggered an escalator in his deal.
Brown told reporters he learned the news of his salary situation after seeing a Yahoo! Sports report on Twitter. Brown simply chose to work out in his home state of Texas during the offseason and says he would have been with the team had he known about the escalator. He said after practice Thursday that it’s his agent’s job to notify him of important details like that, and that’s why he’s fired agent Brian Overstreet.
“That’s what agents get paid to do – to orchestrate the contract and let you know what you can and can’t do as far as workouts, OTAs, things of that sort,” Brown said, via SFGate.com. “That’s what he got paid to do. He didn’t do that. So, in my opinion, you have to be let go. We all are held accountable for our actions and it’s just part of the business.”
Brown says Overstreet spoke with the team about what they could do to reach an agreement on the matter. Brown was a fifth-round pick of the team in 2007 and has started all of the team’s 37 games (including playoffs) since 2011.
Though he has mostly avoided trouble that we know of since joining the NFL, Brown had some legal incidents during his college days. We posted this story about him when he was preparing for the draft in 2007. It’s old school LBS from two months after the site launched. You should check it out.
Photo: Twitter/Tarell Brown