9:39pm: According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com (via Twitter), Condon has released a statement denying the report that he’s leaving CAA. “I’ve had eight fantastic years at CAA, I’m not leaving, and I’m going to finish my career there,” Condon said, per Mortensen.
The denial is surprising, on the heels of reports from multiple national writers that indicated Condon was moving on. Marvez has since tweeted that he and Garafolo gave Condon the opportunity to dispute their report, and the agent declined.
8:59pm: Mere weeks after agent Ben Dogra was fired by Creative Artists Agency, CAA’s other high-profile NFL agent is on his way out as well, according to Mike Garafolo and Alex Marvez of FOX Sports. The FOX duo reports that agent Tom Condon, whose roster of clients includes star quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, is set to leave the agency. Jason Cole of Bleacher Report tweets that Condon denied last week that he was leaving CAA, but confirmed to people today that he’s moving on.
Condon was in the news most recently when it was reported that he would help handle Dez Bryant‘s upcoming contract discussions, along with Kim Miale of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports. Reports of Condon’s involvement in Bryant’s negotiations may have been a harbinger of things to come, as industry sources tell Garafolo and Marvez that Condon may ultimately jump to a position with Roc Nation.
It remains to be seen if the majority of Condon’s clients will follow him to wherever he lands, or if they’ll remain at CAA with another representative. Given Condon’s reputation as one of the league’s top reps, I expect most of his clients will stick with him, though that’s just my speculation — if that’s the case, it would be a significant blow for CAA, on the heels of parting ways with Dogra as well.