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NFL agent Dandy moving to CAA Sports

NFL agent Tory Dandy, who counts Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman and Buffalo Bills cornerback Ronald Darby among his clients, has joined CAA Sports’ NFL division.

Dandy joined CAA from Independent Sports and Entertainment, formerly Relativity Sports, where he worked with Eugene Parker, who died March 31. Dandy’s other clients include Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins and rookie Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson, the No. 19 pick of this year’s draft.

Dandy is based out of Charlotte and will continue to work from there. Typically, agents joining large agencies sign multiyear employment contracts, but the details of Dandy’s agreement to join CAA Sports are not known.

Dandy was not available for an interview but said in a statement that he was excited to join CAA Sports’ football division.

CAA Football co-head Jimmy Sexton said in a statement that he was thrilled to have Dandy join the group. “He is a talented, hardworking senior agent with a track record of success, and now, with access to CAA’s platform, we are excited to see all that he can accomplish for clients,” Sexton said.

Dandy’s contract at ISE had expired, and the parting was amicable. “We wish him well,” said Doug Hendrickson, ISE Football co-president.

Dandy started his career at Synergy Sports in 2004, before joining Parker at his former firm, Maximum Sports, as director of recruiting in 2006. He is known as a skilled recruiter of top talent in football. In 2009, when Dandy was 29, he helped sign the No. 3 NFL draft selection of the Kansas City Chiefs, defensive end Tyson Jackson, who is now on the Atlanta Falcons. Jackson is also joining him at CAA Sports.

It’s not clear just how many players Dandy represented at ISE or which ones beyond Jackson will follow him, but generally players stay with the agent with whom they have the closest relationship.

Dandy was certified as an agent by the NFL Players Association in 2013.