Clarett likely to settle on Sexton as agent

INDIANAPOLIS -- One area in which exiled Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett can demonstrate stability to NFL teams is to settle on an agent, and that might occur this week at the combine.

Media reports that Clarett has hired prominent agent Jimmy Sexton and his associates at Memphis-based Athletic Resource Management are premature, ESPN.com has learned. As of Wednesday night, Clarett had not yet signed the pertinent paperwork and the NFL Players Association, which regulates agents and oversees documentation, did not yet have a standard representation agreement on file for the tailback.

Clarett has been counseling with Sexton for more than a week and ARM has been key to his preparation for the combine sessions.

League sources said that, while Clarett still intends to sign with Sexton, there remain some members of his entourage who are trying to persuade him to consider a number of other agents.

Sexton has been particularly careful about announcing his representation of Clarett for the past week, in large part because he had not yet been apprised by NFL executives that the running backs was officially eligible for the draft. The veteran agent wanted to ensure that the league could not gain legal recourse in time to block Clarett from the 2004 draft.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.