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Former agent Joel Corry talks about Tashaun Gipson's contract situation

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Joel Corry is a contract analyst for CBS Sports. He was an agent for 16 years, representing NFL and NBA players such as Ronnie Lott, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Shaquille O'Neal. 92.3 The Fan had him on as a guest.

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Joel Corry had the following things to say about Tashaun Gipson's contract situation:

On if we have contract issues in Cleveland:

"Yes, you do. You got Tashaun Gipson who'd like a longterm deal. He signed his restricted free agent tender, which I expected him to do before June 15th. That's significant because that's the one day where teams can switch the restricted free agent tender to 110% of the previous year's salary -- and in his case it would've been a league minimum of $660,000. For a guy that's made less than $1.5 million over his 3-year NFL career, he didn't want to take that chance."


On why the Browns are waiting to sign him longterm:

"This is a difficult deal to do as a restricted free agent. If the agent isn't going to acknowledge that the team has him under control for a set price this year -- which is basically $2.35 million -- if he wants to be treated as an unrestricted free agent -- and I'm just throwing a number out, say he wants $45 million over 5 years, that's $9 million a year -- the team is going to look at that as basically: you want us to pay you $42.5 million for your 4 unrestricted years. The highest paid safety is $10 million a year at Earl Thomas. So, the easiest way to do this deal is a piecemeal approach. The agent's gotta acknowledge the restricted free agent year, then the negotiation is on what's the price for the unrestricted years he's going to be given up and how many of those years will he give the team."


On if all of this can be done:

"Yeah, it can be done, because we saw the Cincinnati Bengals do Vontaze Burfict after two years in the league as an undrafted free agent. The last big restricted free agent deal we had was Victor Cruz a couple years ago. So, you can do it. One thing that Cleveland could do -- because they have $21 million in cap room -- they could kind of front-load the contract to use cap room now. Structure it in a way where if he doesn't continue to be the player he has been or has an injury which ends up diminishing his skill or his value they could get out of the contract pretty easily after two years."


On how often he has to tell clients to separate their emotions from the negotiations:

"It's a pretty common thing because they're more invested in it than anybody else. The team can stay detached, but the player -- since it's him and his money -- he's always going to be emotionally invested. I remember having a conversation with Rich McKay when he just got into Atlanta and we were talking about holdouts. He said one thing you can't do from the team 's perspective with a holdout -- and we don't have a holdout in Cleveland, but just generally [speaking] to get to this point -- that you can't make it personal to the player because usually that player's going to come back into the locker room, being unsuccessful on a holdout, and you don't want to have to deal with a player that you have made things personal and upset him in that manner. So, it's very hard, or it's difficult, to keep a player from being emotionally invested in his own deal."


On if social media has made this a bigger challenge:

"Oh, definitely! Ten years ago [the agent] didn't have to deal with the player doing like Dez Bryant did -- which was tweet out: '$13 million, where's my security?' That's never going to go over well with Joe Public. Before, the only way that you could really get the player's thoughts, it'd have to be an interview and an agent would usually shield his player from those types of interviews and would use it strategically. Now with social media, there's no middle man or filter so if the player doesn't think before hitting 'send' he can send something out there which isn't in his best interest."