Over the weekend, the NFL made it known that players participating in the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine would do so in a “bubble” environment. The combine informed prospects that they would be allowed one “medical support person” — essentially a trainer — inside the bubble with them, and that person must be fully vaccinated. Additionally, the combine made it known that all meals and snacks would be provided by the combine.
Not only that, but there was also a change to the schedule, with the players doing measurements, bench press and on-field workouts during the same day. In previous combines, measurements, bench press and on-field workouts were performed on separate days.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, agents and team executives were not happy about these changes. “You’re gonna have guys afraid to get hurt,” an AFC team executive said in a story written by CBS Sports NFL insider Jonathan Jones.
On Monday, we got a clearer view of the unhappiness on the agent side. Here’s a full quote from a so-called “well-placed source,” via ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“Agents are getting on the same page to ask the Combine to unbubble, thereby giving players complete access to their physical therapy and performance teams. Additionally, they are asking for a change to the scheduled day of bench press testing in a return to all previous years.
“Agents are NOT threatening a boycott, but rather considering advising the players en masse to hold off on workouts until pro day. They will still encourage players to participate in medical, interview, and non-physical testing. Clubs have expressed privately that they are fine with players not working out at the Combine, and are more interested in seeing players put their best foot forward.”
This is pretty transparently a quote from an agent trying to put the best possible spin on the situation from his or her perspective, but that perspective also makes a degree of…