The star quarterback might choose to go at his NFL future alone.
Baker Mayfield might be doing his own negotiating when he enters the NFL.
Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal reports that the star Oklahoma quarterback is currently trying to decide if he’s going to hire an agent. There’s reportedly a strong possibility that the Heisman Trophy winner will opt to not hire one.
Here are some of the details of the process, from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:
The argument against hiring an agent is simple: Thanks to the rookie wage scale, contracts for incoming players basically negotiate themselves. (Also, agent fees are no longer tax-deductible.)
The argument in favor of hiring an agent is more complex. A good agent can impact a rookie’s career in numerous ways. (Also, for guys taken in round one, there are certain nuances and hot spots in the draft order relevant to offset language, guaranteed pay, and other structural devices.)
Mayfield is considered to be a potential first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. It’s possible not hiring an agent could affect an NFL team’s opinion of him, but if he wants to go at this alone, good for him.