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AA Sports has signed Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray and Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett for representation on and off the field.

Ray will be represented by a team of agents led by Tom Condon Jr., Ben Renzin and Todd France. Jarrett will be represented by France.

Ray was formerly represented by Impact Sports and Jarrett by Revolution Sports.

Ray was the No. 23 overall pick in the 2015 draft by the Broncos and has proved himself to be a solid pass rusher, registering eight sacks last year. He is in year three of a four-year first-round rookie contract, with a team option for the fifth year.

New CAA Sports client Grady Jarrett gets one of his three Super Bowl sacks.
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Ray suffered a wrist injury in training camp but came off injured reserve Oct. 30 and had played in three games this season entering last weekend.

Jarrett was taken in the fifth round in 2015 by the Falcons, but he has outplayed his draft status, becoming a starter for the Falcons defense. Jarrett sacked Tom Brady three times in the Falcons’ loss to the New England Patriots in February’s Super Bowl, tying a record for the game.

Jarrett is also in year three of a four-year contract.

> CLARK SIGNS SPONSORSHIP WITH PXG: Golfer Wyndham Clark, who recently turned pro, has signed an endorsement deal with Parsons Xtreme Golf and will wear PXG on the front of his cap.

Clark, represented by Wasserman golf agent Terry Reilly, also signed a deal with Nike for apparel and shoes and with Titleist for ball.

Bob Parsons, founder of web hosting company GoDaddy, founded PXG in 2014, and Clark played those clubs during his senior year in college at Oregon.

He finished 17th and earned $68,800 at the Sanderson Farms PGA Tour event while playing on a sponsor’s exemption late last month.

Clark started his college career at Oklahoma State but nearly quit the game after his mother died of breast cancer at the age of 55 when he was a freshman. He transferred to Oregon and got his game back, and was named Pac-12 golfer of the year in May.

Wasserman also signed Cameron Champ, who played at Texas A&M. Chris Armstrong is representing Champ, who also has an interesting story.

Champ’s paternal grandfather, Mack Champ, who is African-American, taught him to play the game. Mack was allowed to caddie but not play the game as a black man growing up in Texas in the 1950s. Armstrong said that Champ’s story is attracting interest from sponsors but that they are taking their time in evaluating corporate partners at this stage.

> ODA SIGNS SPONSORS: John Oda, also new to professional golf, has signed with Adidas for clothing and shoes and will wear Adidas on the front of his cap.

Oda also signed a deal with Titleist for ball and glove, but he is forgoing a club deal for now, said his agent, Rocky Hambric of Hambric Sports. Oda plays a mixed bag of clubs right now.

Oda, a native of Hawaii, played at UNLV and was named a first-team All-American before turning pro.

Oda finished eighth in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico earlier this month on a sponsor’s exemption and earned $220,100. The top-10 finish also earned him a spot at the PGA Tour event last weekend, the RSM Classic at Sea Island.

> EAG SIGNS UFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMP: EAG Sports Management has signed UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley for representation in public relations, branding and management.

EAG CEO Denise White is representing Woodley and is looking to match him with high-profile brands in the lifestyle sector. He will continue to be represented by First Round Management for his fighting contracts.

Woodley is a frequent broadcast analyst for UFC on Fox during UFC events and had a part in the 2015 feature film “Straight Outta Compton.” Woodley was a wrestler at the University of Missouri, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business.

EAG represents 32 NFL clients as well as some athletes in other sports.

Liz Mullen can be reached at lmullen@sportsbusinessjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @SBJLizMullen.


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