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Bashaud Breeland announces he is representing himself as an agent

 

Bashaud Breeland is a dog owner, NFL cornerback, rapper, and now an agent, as in his own agent. The brash Redskins cornerback announced on Tuesday via Twitter he is no longer being represented by CAA Sports, instead he will represent himself.

There is no word at the current time, explaining how he came to the decision. However he tried to explain to his followers the positives and meaning behind him being his own agent with a series of tweets.


Breeland’s move comes at an intriguing time. He is in the last year of his four-year rookie contract. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent following the 2017 season.

Breeland may not see the negatives of him trying to represent himself especially during a contract year, but any questions or concerns are warranted. He is coming off his worst season of his young career. Pro Football Focus rated him as the 82nd cornerback in the NFL. His play declined in 2016, as he consistently was beat in man coverage.

His down season also can be attributed to his non acceptance of the arrival of high-priced cornerback Josh Norman which knocked Breeland down to the Redskins’ No. 2 cornerback. He lost his role of checking opposing team’s top receiver in favor of Norman and it appeared to affect his play more.

Breeland’s move to represent himself is not unprecedented. However, one of the most recognizable recent cases did not turn out so great for the player. Russell Okung, who was drafted two slots behind Trent Williams, represented himself following the 2015 season. A novice, Okung’s first experience of negotiating with teams on his own did not come with the greatest of results. He signed a four-year deal worth $53 million with the Denver Broncos, but the deal was heavily in favor of the team, and after one season, Denver declined an option, making him a free agent. He left the Broncos¬†receiving $8 million mostly off playing incentives. He has since signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers with help of an advisor that gives him a guarantee of $25 million and could be worth up to $53 million.

Only time will tell how fruitful Breeland’s decision to represent himself turns out. But it will be interesting to see how his situation plays out on the field and afterwards in negotiations with the Redskins and quite possibly other teams next March.

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