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E138: Mike McCartney – Agent Negotiating Kirk Cousins’ Groundbreaking Contract


Mike McCartney was AJ’s agent among many other athletes as the Director of Football Operations at Priority Sports. Most recently he negotiated the Kirk Cousins contract that has received a lot of media attention. In this episode he shares details of that negotiation.

Mike has been involved in college football and the NFL as a coach, scout and personnel executive for more than 25 years. As the Quarterbacks Coach and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator at Colorado from 1987 through the 1989 season, Mike helped his father, Head Coach Bill McCartney, turn Colorado into a national power before moving on to coach at North Carolina for the 1990 and 1991 seasons. Over the next 6 years, Mike worked as a College and Pro Scout for the Chicago Bears. In 1998, Mike joined the Philadelphia Eagles as their Director of Pro Personnel. During his tenure, Mike was a key contributor in transforming the Eagles from a 3-13 club to a team that was 2 games away from the Super Bowl. As Director of Football Operations for Priority Sports, Mike was the first top-level front-office executive in the NFL to leave the league, during the salary cap era, for a major football representation firm. Mike brings the perspective and contacts of an NFL Scout and Executive which is invaluable to the athletes he helps in preparation for the NFL Draft and the upcoming NFL season. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Colorado, and his Master’s in Sports Administration from North Carolina. He and his wife reside in Downers Grove, Illinois, with their 3 sons and daughter.

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