NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NFL Players Association is asking player agents to warn clients that signing with the New Orleans Saints could subject them to unfavorable workers compensation benefits.
In an email on Friday, NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith says union officials feel it's important for agents ''to consider the Saints' efforts'' to push for legislation that would substantially reduce benefits to players who are hurt outside the 17-week regular season, when player salaries are paid.
Players receive only per diems during offseason workouts and training camp. Under legislation which has passed the Louisiana House of Representatives and awaits consideration in the state Senate, workers compensation benefits would be based on per diems if injuries occurred in the offseason.
Bill supporters say it would place athletes under the same rules as other Louisiana employees.