49ers' Tarell Brown forfeits $2 million, fires agent

Published: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 - 5:47 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Cornerback Tarell Brown said he parted ways with his agent, Brian Overstreet, today after learning that he had forfeited $2 million of his salary by working out at his home in Texas this offseason instead of the 49ers' facility in Santa Clara.

"I no longer have an agent as of now," Brown said after practice. "... No one wants to leave money on the table. If I would have known the clauses in my contract and 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 and OTAs and things of that sort. That's what he got paid to do, he didn't do that, so in my opinion he had to be let go."

Overstreet did not return a voice mail and text message today.

Brown said he learned of the forfeiture today via Twitter. Yahoo Sports' Brian McIntyre reported that Brown did not earn a $2 million escalator in his contract by working out away from Santa Clara. Without it, his base salary dropped to $925,000.

Brown, 28, is one of the team's starting cornerbacks and he is coming off his best season. He is entering the final year of his contract and has had no talks as of yet about extending his contract.

Brown said he planned to sit down with the 49ers and see if he might be able to recoup that lost money. With the forfeiture, the 49ers gained another $2 million in salary-cap space and are now $7.4 million below the cap.

The seven-year veteran admitted it was hard to focus in today's opening practice of training camp.

"It definitely was hard to concentrate just because my mind was somewhere else," Brown said. "But this is a business and I have a job to do and the 49ers are paying me to do a job. I have to come out here regardless of what's happening off the field."

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