Wednesday night, we hosted our fifth Zoom session for the 2022 NFL Agent Class. I spent the first hour discussing the vagaries of training: what to ask for, how to avoid costly add-ons, what you can expect from your client during his training period, and plenty more.

However, rather than just telling you about it, I decided to provide it at no cost here. Pass code is @N+GZD1g.

Here’s a look at our outline from Wednesday:


  • Combine prep is for combine invitees, starts first Monday of January
  • Pro Day Prep is for non-combine invitees, typically starts mid- to late January
  • Your first job when you sign a client is to find out when his pro day is
  • If he doesn’t know, we have a record of pro day dates for most schools going back five years
  • You may have to start your client for pro day training same time as combine prep
  • Every trainer should have combine prep/pro day rep options
  • Pro day prep should be cheaper, offer fewer bells and whistles


  • Usually $500 to $1000 per week
  • Most training terms are eight weeks; most trainers allow trainees to return post-pro day free
  • All-star week money is not usually refunded
  • Most trainers offer all-inclusive packages but not automatically
  • Residence is where costs have gone sky-high, especially in southern markets (can exceed training cost); if your client will train from home or stay at school, that’s a big win
  • Food is also not included, though this is not usually super expensive (food costs usually go M-F, sometimes M-S, but not Sunday)
  • There are other massages, cold treatments, and extra services that are often a la carte; important to make sure the trainer knows you must authorize them
  • Typically, a trainer will ask for half up front and half upon completion
  • At times, trainers will look to make deals based on where the player goes in the draft (risers cost extra)


  • If you’re not around to monitor, your client may take days off; trainers don’t often hold players accountable
  • There is lots of down time; make sure your client is prepared for that (weekends, most gyms don’t train)
  • He may see others leaving on weekends, etc.; he may ask for tickets to fly home, etc.
  • Also, players will compare their “deals” with their agents, so be ready for your client to come around asking for extras


  • Only in last decade have Day 3/UDFA prospects felt like they could dictate training
  • You will have to steer your client to affordable training
  • Most players want to train somewhere other than their school (distractions, etc.)
  • If you DO convince your client to train at school, plan on making at least some financial consideration


  • Consider some kind of stipend – give the player a small amount with his option on how to spend it
  • This tends to keep the player happy and may pay dividends later


  • Combine training typically addresses speed and strength
  • Many trainers are now offering position-specific training, as well (very hot right now)
  • This is an additional cost; make sure you know costs before beginning
  • Especially helpful before your client attends an all-star game.


  • This is probably the most important point of this session
  • You must protect yourself if you’re going to cover training
  • The training rider is not part of the SRA; you must submit it separately
  • Most training riders are proprietary
  • A standard rider mandates that the player must pay back his training fees if he fires the agent before signing an NFL contract.
  • This must be submitted to the NFLPA with the SRA.

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