Uncertain labor situation means few deals at NFL Combine as free agency approaches

INDIANAPOLIS — There was a lot less secrecy, fewer clandestine meetings in hotel lobbies and restaurants, a scarcity of rumors in the hallway outside the agents’ meeting and a general lack of buzz.

At this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, most of the news had to do with, you know, actual scouting of draft hopefuls.

An uncertain labor situation that will likely result in far fewer unrestricted free agents turned an event that’s typically a gathering of deal makers into a convention of shoulder shruggers.

Only a few days before Friday’s opening of free agency, those involved admitted they would be leaving the Combine as uncertain on the process as when they arrived.