Oct 27, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) leads out tackle Trent Williams (71) and tight end Logan Paulsen (82) and defensive end Kedric Golston (64) and tackle Tyler Polumbus (74) and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
According to ESPN, Ben Dogra has been fired by the Creative Artists Agency (CAA Sports). While many fans may not know Dogra’s name, he’s one of the biggest sports agents in football, or was. He represented the likes of Richard Sherman and Adrian Peterson.
His firing will also send shock waves to the NFC East, especially in the District. Dogra represented Robert Griffin III, Trent Williams and Brian Orakpo.
While it isn’t certain if Dogra has just been removed from CAA or has lost his certification as a whole, the firing is definitely noteworthy.
So how does the firing affect the Washington Redskins?
Nov 17, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) after the game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won the game 24-16. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s start with Orakpo.
The six-year outside linebacker is currently sitting out the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
He’s set to be a free agent after this season and is a year removed from having 10 sacks, 43 tackles, four passes defended and an interception.
But in seven games this season, Orakpo had just half a sack and one pass defended.
This season is also the second time in three years that Orakpo has missed over half the season. In 2012, he played in just two games.
Orakpo, who was franchise tagged this offseason, will certainly be looking for a long-term deal worth a lot of money. He’s shown, when healthy, that he is a game-changer.
But that’s the problem, he hasn’t been healthy recently. That will certainly be a large factor in his offseason negotiations.
Nov 2, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) tries to pass against the Minnesota Vikings near the end of the game at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 29-26. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
On to Robert Griffin III.
The franchise quarterback – or not, depending who you ask – has one year left on his contract after this season.
It’s a similar situation for RGIII as it is for Orakpo.
While Orakpo has a better and longer body of work, you’ve seen the flashes from Griffin.
But over the past two years he’s been dealing with injuries. And he only has one touchdown in basically 2.5 games this season.
He still has seven games left in this season to help his cause and has plenty of time to sign a new agent ahead of becoming a free agent, if need be.
And finally, down to Trent Williams.
Oct 6, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71) prepares to block against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
The fifth-year tackle has been one of the more reliable players for the Redskins. He’s played and started in every game since 2012. In his rookie year, he played in 14 games and started 13, while playing and starting in 10 games the next season.
Just like Griffin, Williams will be a free agent in 2016. He has definitely played up to his current contract (6 years, $60 million) and will likely see an even larger contract next time around.
He also has plenty of time to find a good agent if Dogra’s rights to his clients have been terminated before his current contract is up, so there shouldn’t be much panic on his front.
The firing of Ben Dogra will send shock waves throughout the NFL and has implications on the Redskins, particularly with Orakpo.
It’ll be interesting to see the ripple effects of this move by CAA.