Cornerback Tarell Brown, who is seeking to recoup the $2 million he lost in a recent contract oversight, has hired agent Joel Segal to represent him, the Sports Business Journal reported. Brown fired his previous agent, Brian Overstreet, on July 25 after learning that he did not earn a $2 million escalator that required him to train in Santa Clara instead of his offseason home in Texas.
Earlier this week, Jim Harbaugh said he hoped Brown, 28, and the 49ers could find a "solution" to the contract snafu, which he said the 49ers were unaware of as well. "He deserves it. He's earned it," Harbaugh said. "I don't want to see him playing for the minimum when he's a starting, top-end player."
One solution may be to extend Brown's contract. He is one of four 49ers cornerbacks - Nnamdi Asomugha, Tramaine Brock and Perrish Cox are the others - scheduled to become free agents at the end of the season. Another, fellow starter Carlos Rogers, is due to count a team-high $8.1 million against the salary cap next year. Cox will be a restricted free agent.
The 49ers, who are expected to cut expensive new deals with Colin Kaepernick, Aldon Smith and others, typically extend contracts before a player is entering the last year of his deal. Before he was fired, Overstreet said he had had no discussions with the 49ers about extending Brown's contract.
Segal is considered one of the more powerful agents in the NFL. His client list includes nose tackle Glenn Dorsey, cornerback Chris Culliver and ex-49er Randy Moss.
-- Matt Barrows