"I know a lot of people want to fall in love with the idea of wanting to be faithful to the team until you die because there’s a lot of that hometown feeling. This is a business, and as soon as they think you don’t fit, you are gone. So you have to make sure you maintain your business angle to it." -Brian Waters, June 5th, 2009
Previously, Waters had represented himself.
This move is interesting to me. Many times when a player switches agents, it's because they want a new contract. Agents usually don't get paid unless they negotiate a contract for a player so, unless Athletes First plans on working for free, or Waters has some other financial agreement set up with them, I imagine they would be seeking a new contract for Waters.
That's just a hunch on my part.
He currently has three years remaining at base salaries of $3.6 million, $2.9 million and $3.9 million on a six year, $26.5 million deal signed in January of 2006.
In the past, I've wondered whether Waters being his own agent represented a liability.
I raised this question in light of the reported run-in between Waters and Todd Haley in February of this year and Scott Pioli's reported refusal to meet with the player absent an appointment.
A player generally operates on emotion. An agent will bring a level of reason and objectivity to the table, while at the same time fighting for the player. The relationship between management and player is different than management and agent. Your agent is there to speak for you and do what's in your best interest, usually from a financial standpoint.
And how difficult is it for the Chiefs to distinguish between Brian Waters the player and Brian Waters the agent?
Of course, I'm not going to act like I'm privy to the relationship and/or financial dealings between the Chiefs and Waters. It's just that previous history had indicated that when a player hires a new agent, it's usually for good reason.
According to NFLPA records, Athletes first has a stable of five agents including David Dunn (Matt Cassel), Joby Branion, Mark Humenik, Andrew Kessler and Justin Schulman.