Union leadership, trusted agent ring to meet again in Indy

NFL Players Association leaders will address a select group of player agents Feb. 24 at the NFL Scouting Combine to discuss labor negotiations, sources with knowledge of the meeting said Friday.

The sit-down in Indianapolis, site of the combine, will come one day before the union plans to meet with a massive body of player agents.

The agents involved in the first meeting are a trusted assemblage that has engaged in several talks with union leadership, including executive director DeMaurice Smith, throughout the negotiating process.

Smith has individually met with top agents since the Super Bowl to discuss the potential effectiveness of having prospects skip the combine, as well as refusing to participate in any NFL events surrounding April's draft. The NFLPA officially announced Thursday that draft prospects will not boycott the combine, via a tweet from union spokesman George Atallah.

The NFLPA will hold its normal meeting with agents on the Friday of combine week, but the union has made this year's meeting mandatory for all agents to have continued certification. In the past, the meeting hasn't been mandatory, but the NFLPA is changing that to emphasize the importance of the situation.

Agents generally must attend one of three NFLPA meetings during the year to maintain their certification.

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