Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants has moved over to CAA, though Roc Nation will continue to handle his football-related matters.
The rookie running back has dropped famed management group Roc Nation in terms of marketing, opting instead to turn to Creative Artists Agency. The move was first reported by Darren Rovell of ESPN.
Founded in 1975, CAA is one of the largest renowned agency firms in the country. According to their official website, the agency consists of over 2,000 employees stationed across “North America, Europe, Asia and beyond”. The site claims that CAA “creates limitless opportunities for the storytellers, trendsetters, icons, and thought leaders who shape popular culture”.
Other notable sports clients include fellow Drew Brees, J.J. Watt, DeAndre Hopkins, New York Giant Eli Manning, as well as retired stars Peyton Manning, Tony Romo, and LaDainian Tomlinson.
Prior to his drafting, Barkley had inked endorsement deals with both Nike and memorabilia company Panini.
Despite his marketing departure, Roc Nation, formed by rapper/songwriter Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter in 2008, will continue to play a role in Barkley’s career, as Rovell reports they will handle his football and contract-related affairs. He is represented by Kim Miale, who helped secure Barkley a four-year rookie contract worth just over $31 million.
As for his on the field affairs, Barkley continues to work off the effects of an injury suffered during last Monday’s practice, which the Giants have described as a “mild strain.” Barkley was held out of all joint practices with the Detroit Lions last week, as well as the Friday night preseason game that wrapped up the visit to Michigan. His status for the remaining preseason games, including Friday’s night’s annual tilt against the New York Jets (7:30 p.m. ET, WCBS) remains in doubt. He has tallied 43 yards on five carries in the exhibition slate thus far, all in the opener against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium.