NFL agents assume bigger role as lockout looms

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 26, 2011 22:30 hrs

NFL agents are becoming more than financial advisers and attorneys. They're becoming full-fledged family advisers.

With a lockout possibly looming, agents are increasingly providing information to players about medical and disability insurance. They're also dispensing details on the new health care law that allows players who are 26 or younger to remain on their parents' policies.

That's not all. Agents are advising players on saving money, finding quality workout facilities and staying in shape so they don't risk losing money because of an offseason injury.

It's all in preparation for a lockout that could begin Friday after the collective bargaining agreement expires.

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