While not as sexy a target as the NFL Draft the incoming rookies might also stay away from a recent NFL staple: the rookie symposium.
Several agents tell CBSSports.com they expect officials from the former union to ask them not to send players to the symposium. Indeed, these sources explained, agents expect the NFLPA to have its own type of rookie symposium should no settlement be reached or court action taken that would institute a season.
The symposium, normally held in June, is viewed by the league as a major instructional tool for incoming players on how to deal with the financial and relationship pressures they'll face as players. In 2009, for example, then incoming union head DeMaurice Smith spoke to the rookies. Normally current and former veteran players talk to the rookies; head coaches, too.
Agents say the symposium, in its current form, is likely all but dead unless some sort of agreement is reached. I know this has been discussed before by the media but it's being talked about again now.
Also, regarding the possible boycott of the upcoming draft, spokesman George Atalah tweeted there would be no "boycott" but agents said that, effectively, there will indeed be a boycott. While players and families will be in New York for the draft it's likely they won't be on stage with Commissioner Roger Goodell. The draft will look extremely different.