Agent fees are negotiable. I would think for a client commanding McGuire’s salary it would be less than the standard 10%-15%. Even assuming a 15% cut, McGuire saved only about $4.5 million total – far less than he could have gotten if he’d shopped himself around.
He also signed his current contract for less than he could have gotten.
McGuire does have an attendence bonus clause $2 each if the Cardinals go over 2.8 million. Since the highest attendence they ever had was about 3.2 million that could be worth another $1.6 million total.
Altogether that would push the package up to about $16 million a year, or about $18.5 million if you count not paying an agent – a lot less than he could get if he shopped himself.
He insists that money isn’t everything, and this is one guy for whom that’s apparently true.