Q. "Is that
in the normal course of your obligations as an agent?"
it is, yes."
On May 6,
Argovitz' corporate accountants advised Anderson—in a letter to Argovitz—that
he should pay Argovitz' entire negotiation fee this year rather than defer 3%
of it as was indicated in the contract. This, said the accountants, who share
the same offices and phone number with Argovitz' firm, was to give Anderson an
additional tax deduction. Anderson agreed to pay Argovitz' entire fee up front.
The tab: $96,250.
day—unaware that Anderson was in the Bandits' fold—Sanders said he phoned
Argovitz with a new deal with no specifics: $1.5 million for four years.
Argovitz later denied that he ever received that offer.
On May 7 Anderson
flew to Tampa. Two days later Anderson signed the Bandits' contract and then
appeared at yet another press conference. "I'd prefer to play [running
back]," he said. "I went to San Diego's minicamp, and they had me at
wide receiver. We never got to prices. Tampa came along and I jumped at
In San Diego,
Klein was seething.
over yet," he told reporters. "...There was no good-faith bargaining
whatsoever between us and Anderson.... One day Gary Anderson is going to wake
up and realize what Mr. Argovitz did to him, and Mr. Argovitz is going to be in
for one sizable lawsuit."
celebrated his new wealth by buying himself a silver Jaguar (price: $36,887).
He bought his mother a four-bedroom house ($64,500), furniture ($8,000) and a
Chrysler ($14,000), and he also gave her a check for $10,000.
On May 15, coming
off the bench in his first pro game, Anderson rushed for 99 yards on 18
carries, caught four passes for 54 yards and scored the Bandits' winning
touchdown against the Arizona Wranglers. "Electrifying," Tampa Bay
Coach Steve Spurrier called Anderson.