San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarrell Brown fired his agent after losing $2 million in easy bonus money due to an oversight this season, but it appears that the team may figure out a way to help the player.
Brown was scheduled to make $2.925 million in the final year of a six-year deal, but unbeknownst to him, there was an escalator clause that stipulated that he participate in a voluntary workout program with the team. Because Brown trained at his home in Texas, as usual, his contract reverted to the $925,000 base salary.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh hinted Sunday that the 49ers are probably considering something that addresses the situation.
"Well, don't want to break a long-standing policy and that's not to discuss contracts in the media; I don't think it's anybody's best interest to do that," Harbaugh said. "But, this is maybe an exception to the rule. And just think that there's a solution there. Don't know that it's any one particular thing. But, I think we'll explore all those options and find the solution.
"It's there. You've just got to do some thinking and do some work and get it done. But, we're very motivated to do that because he deserves it. He's earned it. I don't want to see him playing for the minimum when he's a starting top-end player."
Harbaugh said Brown has looking good on the field in spite of the situation and that he felt bad for the player when he realized the situation.
After some resolution is reached "this will hopefully get to the point where you laugh about that and chuckle about that. That's the way I'd like to see it go," Harbaugh said.