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'Problems' With Richard Sherman Acting As His Own Agent

Ted S. Warren
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Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, right, greets D.J. Alexander as Sherman leans on a cart protecting his injured leg before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Seattle.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel has some concerns about something Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman recently revealed. Sherman plans to act as his own agent in negotiating his contract. Art talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

'Difficult Thing'

Thiel said he sees problems with Sherman acting as his own agent.

"Richard said he doesn't think agents earn their three percent. That's the typical fee that they charge," he said.

"It's a lot of money for an agent. Of course, agents would like to continue to be employed.  And very few players feel comfortable negotiating."

"And one of the reasons they don't feel comfortable negotiating is because the team will offer critiques of the player's performance that, really, the player doesn't necessarily have to hear."

"That's what an agent does: He buffers between the team and the player so that feelings don't get hurt and that it's a professional business negotiation."

"That's going to be a difficult thing for Richard because most players don't deal well with that kind of direct critique."

"And I also think the agents do serve a value to most players most of the time."

"It's a difficult job. And Richard has to do two difficult jobs - play cornerback in the NFL and negotiate his contract."

Taking It Personally

"I see difficulties because Richard is the kind of guy who will take a critique as some sign of disrespect and develop an alienation toward the Seahawks that they don't like him anymore."

"And that really isn't the case. They're trying to get the best deal possible."

"The Seahawks, never short of drama, are going to have another layer if Richard's his own agent next season."

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Kirsten Kendrick hosts Morning Edition on KNKX and the sports interview series "Going Deep," talking with folks tied to sports in our region about what drives them — as professionals and people.
Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,” which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.