National Football League (NFL) rookie running back star Saquon Barkley has partially left his agency Roc Nation to sign with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for marketing purposes, according to ESPN.
According to the report, the New York Giants draft pick will, however, remain with Roc Nation agent Kim Miale for contracts and football matters.
Roc Nation helped Barkley secure a four-year, fully guaranteed US$31.2 million rookie deal with the Giants in July after the 21-year-old went number two overall in the 2018 NFL draft.
Barkley appears to be financially savvy. After buying his mother a house with the signing bonus from his first NFL contract, he said that he is saving and investing the money earned from his contract. Barkley announced plans to live off his endorsement deals, having already penned agreements with Nike, Pepsi and Panini since turning professional.
CAA already represents several notable NFL players including Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, JJ Watt and DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans, and big-name quarterbacks including Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, Dak Prescott and Drew Brees, among others.
Penn State alumni Barkley did not play in the Giants’ pre-season game last Friday against the Detroit Lions because of a hamstring injury but notched five carries for 43 yards in his non-competitive debut the week before against the Cleveland Browns.
The Giants open their regular season on 9th September against the Jacksonville Jaguars.