Russell Okung is only 28 and entering the final year of his contract with the Seattle Seahawks, but he is ready for free agency. Okung will do it without an agent though. According to an interview with the The Players Tribune, Okung explains why he won’t be using an agent to negotiate a contract.
“I know my worth. I can look at the market and go directly to a team without an agent and tell that team my worth,” he said. “And I can do so with confidence because I’ve done my research, I’ve educated myself and I’ve questioned the answers I’ve been given. And when it comes to reviewing the details of my next deal, I’ll hire an expert — a lawyer or a sports attorney who understands the dynamic of football contracts — to read the paperwork. I’ll negotiate a one-time flat fee that isn’t dependent on the size of my salary.”
This sounds like a smart thing to do, but it could backfire in his face. We will see how well he does. Look at the bright side he will save 3 percent of the deal.
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