The only thing more worrisome than being unsure of a team's proposal is getting no calls.
Andy and Greg Phillips wanted a market for kickers in which Andy can rise to the top of the crop. And with the reigning Lou Groza award winner off the board, Andy Phillips, who will turn 28 in May, looks better.
Both Andy and Chase Dominguez, Greg's other client, expect they'll be undrafted free agents. Many hours of prep have gone into being ready for that one, magic hour when fringe prospects make or break their NFL dreams.
"I'm pretty anxious," Dominguez said. "There's a lot going on."
Evan Brennan, an agent with 360 Sports LLC, puts himself on the clock well before the NFL draft begins.
For each of his clients, he puts in at least 10 hours of work to look at the roster for each of the NFL's 32 teams and see who they have at his client's position. Having that info at hand is key to being prepared for undrafted free agency.
When he gets calls to negotiate contracts, he asks each team to explain their roster situation. Simultaneously, he's looking at his own research to check how honest each team is willing to be about what opportunity there will be to make the roster.
"You ask them, 'OK, who do you have there?' " Brennan said. "They say, 'Well this guy is going to be our starter, this is our backup, and these guys are camp bodies.' But then you ask them, 'So if you have all these guys, how do you sign my player?' "
The goal isn't to get into training camp — it's to make a roster.
Being drafted, agents say, is the easiest possible experience: The player knows where he's going, and he knows roughly (based on an NFL Players' Association-negotiated spreadsheet) how much he's going to make.
Free agents, on the other hand, have to be able to make split-second decisions on where they'll go based on who is already on the roster for a given team, who that team has drafted and knowing how much of a financial commitment the team has with current players.
Greg Phillips has stacks of papers in his office of draft day: The kickers and long snappers for every NFL team, the length of their contracts and how much money is guaranteed for the next year. Preferred situations are highlighted in yellow — like New Orleans is for Dominguez. The Saints are somewhat unsettled at long snapper, and they've shown a lot of interest since Utah's Pro Day in late March.