The Sharks tryout is a diversion. Wrap you head around Arena League salaries from the WaPost.
[i]Now, under a single-entity model where players sign contracts with the league, they make $830 a game — $775 for rookies, with quarterbacks earning an extra $250 per start. To offset the meager salaries, players are given three meals a day and have the option of renting an apartment provided by the team, and often arranged by the coach, for $600 per month.
About half of the players on the [Philadelphia] Soul supplement their income with a second job, while all but two or three have assistance with housing. Around the league, players have been known to work as bouncers at nightclubs or personal trainers at local gyms.[/i]
But he gets to practice and likely live at home with his parents while he hopes to get a call from an NFL squad. Like his agent said to Moffat his head is still very much at the NFL dream. Typically Jim Popp does not make a push for players until they come to him. Once he signs a CFL contract he's commited for at least two years since the season is already started. No point in signing him to a 1+1 with an option in January.