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"He [Wells] said that he needed it for expenses to find out or attempt to find out exactly what happened from Mr. Anderson and his relationship with Mr. Argovitz and why indeed he signed with Tampa Bay," Klein explained in his deposition.
Wells asked Younger to recommend a reputable agent to assist him in the negotiations with the Chargers. According to Klein, Younger suggested several agents, including Marvin Demoff, the Los Angeles-based attorney who negotiated John Elway's $5 million deal with the Denver Broncos this year.
Using the Chargers' money, Wells took his new client to L.A., where they rented a car and drove to Ali's house; Ali wasn't home. The next day, they met with Demoff, who referred them to the law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps in San Diego. That firm represents the Chargers and, citing conflict of interest, referred them to Bracewell & Patterson in Houston.
Wells then flew with his client to Houston, where they met King, of Bracewell & Patterson, who agreed to represent Anderson in a case to be filed in a Houston federal court. On the afternoon of Aug. 3 King sought a temporary restraining order that would enable his client to sign and practice with the Chargers without interference from the USFL. That evening Wells and Anderson flew to San Diego and at Younger's apartment, Anderson signed a series of four one-year Charger contracts. The total package was worth $1.5 million, including a $550,000 "signing, reporting and playing bonus" and salaries of $150,000, $200,000, $250,000 and $350,000. But the deal was not as attractive as it appeared: $800,000 of the total package was to be deferred beyond 1986, and the salaries were guaranteed against injury only in the year in which an injury occurred. The Chargers gave Anderson $50,000 of his bonus up front. At the time, Anderson was elated. But nine days later, when Anderson responded to questions from Greer, it became apparent that he hadn't fully understood the terms of his San Diego contract.
Q. (Greer) "The contract is for how many years?"
A. (Anderson) "Four."
Q. "What do you get paid for each of those four years?"
A. "115—the first year, 175—the second, 2——I don't remember. I don't recall the last two years for sure."
Q. "Are you familiar with what they call a guaranteed contract?"