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Will prospects boycott NFL combine and draft?

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07:50 AM ET 02.05 | Top union officials and player agents are discussing the possibility of withholding prospects from the NFL Scouting Combine and 2011 NFL Draft activities, sources said Friday, with the league's collective bargaining agreement expiring March 3.

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February 5, 2011  08:21 AM ET

That would be stupid and unfair to the rookies!

February 5, 2011  08:53 AM ET

If I were a college player, I would not want an agent who was willing to use me as a pawn in their labor dispute.

February 5, 2011  09:10 AM ET

So its come to Black mail huh? What you fans gonna do?

February 5, 2011  09:24 AM ET

Didn't know the players union had that kind of power. They not only take your dues but decide whether or not you get a career? Might want to consider a new agent as well.

February 5, 2011  09:37 AM ET

Will prospect boycott NFL combine and draft?


You never explained why

February 5, 2011  09:43 AM ET

The answer: NO they will not.

The bigger question is the franchise tag question. The League thinks they can still use it, the NFLPA says no way. There are over 500 current players without contracts for next year( RFA UFA ) and no team is doing anything about it until they get an a new CBA.

February 5, 2011  09:44 AM ET

I think because their agents are ticked off about a rookie salary cap. $$$$ from their pockets. Dumb, because after that first round , money is not the problem with rookies.

February 5, 2011  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If I were a college player, I would not want an agent who was willing to use me as a pawn in their labor dispute.

Sadly, the "player" fails to understand that agents do NOT always have the best interests of the "player" in mind.

February 5, 2011  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Sadly, the "player" fails to understand that agents do NOT always have the best interests of the "player" in mind.

Or even usually.

February 5, 2011  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Or even usually.

Or hardly ever.

February 5, 2011  10:28 AM ET

This is not a good idea. Why cut yourself off from problems that arose before you came in? I don't like this ploy by agents, the NFLPA or anyone

February 5, 2011  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Sadly, the "player" fails to understand that agents do NOT always have the best interests of the "player" in mind.

Yeah, but most of these 'players' are dumber than a box of rocks.

February 5, 2011  11:25 AM ET

idk, will they?

February 5, 2011  11:41 AM ET

This is a stupid idea. What happens if they boycott the combine, and a new CBA is signed a week later? A prospect could end up losing tons of money.

February 5, 2011  11:51 AM ET

If they go on strike, it will be because both sides are greedy, (and Goodell is a MORON!).

there's more than enough money to go around.

February 5, 2011  12:32 PM ET

Given the setbacks they had in a couple court decisions and Congress' refusal to intervene, the NFLPA is desperate for any tactic that can give them an advantage over the owners. And for the agents, it's all about derailing a rookie salary cap that could depress their commissions. The best interests of those players, who are not even union members yet, don't matter at all.

February 5, 2011  12:39 PM ET

HaHaHa -- I'm sure this BS will fly ...

February 5, 2011  02:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

If they go on strike, it will be because both sides are greedy, (and Goodell is a MORON!).there's more than enough money to go around.

Except it is not a strike. The players want to play. They are about to be locked out. It was the owners who refused the old CBA. And yes, they were all making money. Just that the owners want more.

February 5, 2011  02:54 PM ET

Think of those that entered the draft early. Your agent whispered in your ear "Go for the Money Kid", now that you are out of collegiate football, your agent tells you not to go to the combine (audition) but expects you to get drafted. Attention Combine invitees! Go to the combine, you will only regret it if you don't. You are not a member of the NFLPU until you get drafted and maybe going to the combine will make coaches notice something about you that they did not see in film. If your agent encourages you to not go to the combine then drop the agent.

 
February 5, 2011  03:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Yeah, but most of these 'players' are dumber than a box of rocks.

There will be no retaliation from the NFLPA for your attending, there may on the other hand be retaliation from the owners who may just eliminate this years draft and push all potential players ahead to 2012, your performances of the 2010 season will become quickly forgotten and all those that stayed in college will be the hot tickets in the draft. The avoidance of the combine will be the second great mistake for some hopefuls not completing their education would be the 1st.

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