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Rams not yet sweating Quinn's agent tiff

7/26/2011

The NFL's pending labor agreement streamlined the signing process for draft choices.

Players will still need agents to negotiate for them.

In dispute: whether and how St. Louis Rams first-round choice Robert Quinn can change agents just as teams can begin signing draft choices.

Players generally change agents without much public fanfare. Even the best agents lose clients. It's the nature of the business.

The current situation differs from most because the NFL Players Association has not yet certified again, leaving agents to operate without the usual oversight. Quinn's original agent has turned to the courts in seeking a temporary restraining order to stop Quinn's new agent from proceeding.

The usual protocol for changing agents includes filing paperwork through the NFLPA and notifying the original agent by faxed letter.

It's not yet clear what will happen in Quinn's case.

"We’re not freaking out about it," Rams general manager Billy Devaney told reporters Tuesday. "Right now, until we’re told otherwise, we have a guy to deal with. If Robert tells us that’s not the case, then that’s who we’ll deal with. Right now, I don’t expect it to be a problem. Now, if we’re five days from now, that’s a problem. But I don’t think that’s going to be the case."