Professional athletes as a whole change agents all the time. Most of the time these are generally anonymous transactions, and blogs typically pass on covering them unless there’s something juicy involved. Like if said athlete was signing with a certain platinum-selling rapper named Shawn Carter (oh, you refer to him as Jay-Z? How cute). Or, say, if the athlete signed with somebody even more random than that, like Aquaman.
Terrelle Pryor firing his agent? That definitely qualifies as something we’ll cover.
You may remember Jerome Stanley having some not-so-nice things to say about the Raiders organization around Christmastime when the team named Pryor the starter for the regular season finale. Let’s jump in the time machine an revisit those remarks, shall we?
“I think they’re putting him in hopes that he fails. That’s what I think coach is doing. I think they’re putting him in hopes that he has a bad game, so he can then justify the Matt McGloin situation. I think that’s what’s going on, I do and it’s ridiculous…
“You have to understand the coach is putting him in, he doesn’t want him to look good. And you can write that. He doesn’t want him to look good because, if he looks good this week, it makes the past five weeks look like a bad decision. (Allen) doesn’t want him to look good, he wants him to look bad. That is what is going on.”
Bad look for Stanley, especially considering it’s his job to be in constant contact with the Raiders on behalf of his client, which would lead to some undoubtedly awkward, if not tense, exchanges down the road.
More so, it was a bad look for Pryor, whose career is at stake here. But now, he no longer has to worry about Stanley being a problem.
Pryor has reportedly parted ways with his agent because he realizes he can’t have an unhinged, reckless, crazy bridge burner in charge of the business side of his career.
Terrelle Pryor has fired his agent, who publicly criticized the team for playing Pryor in Week 17. He has not yet hired a new agent.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 15, 2014
It’s not clear if there are any agents or agencies scrambling to poach Pryor right now, Bob Sugar style. Not that Pryor is in some dire situation that immediately requires an agent. He isn’t a free agent until next year, but there stands a legitimate chance the Raiders could trade him this offseason.