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Source: Free agency could start at midnight

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As the league scrambles to process the meaning of the union’s decision to decertify, a high-level source with one team tells PFT that the league is preparing for the possibility that free agency could begin soon.

As in at midnight.

Per the source, the league is bracing for the possibility of a ruling from Judge David Doty that would force the doors to remain open, compelling the league to allow player movement and trades as soon as 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

Thus, by tomorrow at this time, Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha could (key word . . . “could”) have a new team.

Though no one knows for sure whether that will happen, there’s a fear/belief that it could, and teams are preparing for the possibility.

Holy crap, this could get very interesting.

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57 Responses to “Source: Free agency could start at midnight”
  1. mymorningstory says: Mar 11, 2011 6:33 PM

    Thats Awesome! Eagles need to sign a CB and I’m hoping he is from Oakland

  2. geeeeemen says: Mar 11, 2011 6:33 PM

    Hmmmmmmm

  3. upperdecker19 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:36 PM

    Looks like you’re working full time this weekend Mike

  4. gbfanforever says: Mar 11, 2011 6:36 PM

    good deal. Sign a player and then lock him out and refuse to pay him. Great strategy

  5. chapnastier says: Mar 11, 2011 6:37 PM

    This is pretty exciting stuff. Non-union player contracts should be extremely interesting. By allowing non union players to play the former NFLPA have no grounds of a lock-out. This is going to get real interesting to say the least.

  6. dkeyser says: Mar 11, 2011 6:37 PM

    and the owners spite the players by not signing anybody

  7. fivetwos says: Mar 11, 2011 6:39 PM

    Then when no owner signs any player, looks like a slam dunk win for the players in a collusion case.

  8. neverend1 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:39 PM

    “Holy crap”

    Whatever happened to trying to make this site less offensive. That’s like saying “this is turning out to be retarded” “that’s so gay” “Jesus ** Christ”. Using the word “holy” can be offensive to people with a religion as the term “holy” is shared amongst most.

  9. dolphan343 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:39 PM

    Ok free agency is cool. But are they working under the old agreement or what? So they just decertify and Doty says that whatever the players union want goes? Crazy. Makes no sense.

  10. ndgarretjax says: Mar 11, 2011 6:40 PM

    how does that work? Aren’t the teams not allowed to talk to the players yet?…

  11. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 11, 2011 6:40 PM

    As the league scrambles to process the meaning of the union’s decision to decertify

    They are a $9B industry and they didn’t process the meaning of decertification before TODAY? If that’s the case the Commish should be fired tomorrow. That is just B.S.
    They have to have had that as one of the scenarios covered. Anything else would be unacceptable.

  12. marima07 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:41 PM

    Free agency commencing without any regulation of agents? This could get interesting indeed.

  13. geobh says: Mar 11, 2011 6:41 PM

    bengals need a qb

  14. lionfan419 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:41 PM

    Lions sign Nhamni!!!!! or Cromartie and draft Tyron Smith

  15. nashvilletrojan says: Mar 11, 2011 6:44 PM

    How about trading? No union, no rules……I’d assume that it’s no holes barred.

  16. rayguyreturns says: Mar 11, 2011 6:45 PM

    “mymorningstory says:
    Thats Awesome! Eagles need to sign a CB and I’m hoping he is from Oakland”

    ____________________________________

    We’re more than happy to let you sign Chris Johnson to a muti-year deal.

  17. Spencer Engel's Blog says: Mar 11, 2011 6:46 PM

    I did not realize this was a possibility. Wouldn’t owners be theoretically less willing to spend with all the uncertainty? How do you see this free agency period playing out?

  18. rundmc81 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:46 PM

    Al.. Pay the man!!!!!

  19. kom2k10 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:48 PM

    I can’t believe how out of touch De Smith and the PA are with the fans. THE FANS HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR THE PLAYERS!!!

    They get paid MILLIONS of dollars to play a game! THEY ARE NOT PARTNERS, THEY ARE EMPLOYEES!!!

    In a time where almost every American has suffered financially and had to make cutbacks, they are offended that they would be asked to make any concessions during a very difficult time. Oh the pain of being asked to make only $4 million next year instead of the $5 million they were hoping to get! Ya Right!

  20. indycolt45 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:48 PM

    So wait. Players could sign with new teams and there’s no way it could be undone under any circumstances?

  21. siggy00 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:49 PM

    Here come da judge!

  22. cappa662 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:49 PM

    Very cool. At least the NFLPA looked out for the players and fans.

    Decerfication = Football, business as usual

  23. kb43 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:49 PM

    Only one place Asomugha needs to end up, and thats in D.C

  24. thetruuf says: Mar 11, 2011 6:50 PM

    this will be funnn

  25. thesmiteofthewicked says: Mar 11, 2011 6:51 PM

    Please let this happen

  26. mike83ri says: Mar 11, 2011 6:51 PM

    Hell Yes!

  27. randolph32 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:51 PM

    You’re kidding right? This guy is going to interrupt his dinner for these clowns, not in a million years!

    They can all go to hell and back for all I care….but I do enjoy writing posts here.

  28. bmuhler says: Mar 11, 2011 6:54 PM

    Yes and after litigation all the extra money given to the players will go to Payton Manning, Namndi Asamough, Michael Vick etc. while the other 48 players on the roster gain nothing but a big medical bill.

  29. desmithsucks says: Mar 11, 2011 6:55 PM

    does anyone know what this means for players who were franchised, does the franchise still hold weight?

  30. seabreezes51 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:55 PM

    The smartest teams are ready.
    Who will be smart? Who won’t be?

  31. zimaman says: Mar 11, 2011 6:56 PM

    the players are great

    the union sucks and never wanted to do a deal

    good luck owners with that scumbag union

  32. dewalt2990 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:57 PM

    Screw this, lets just watch arena football…

  33. moochzilla says: Mar 11, 2011 6:59 PM

    Those poor, broke, put upon owners could…as of midnight…

    …start fighting with one another to see who can offer the highest, most ridiculous contract offer to washed up TE Jeremy Shockey.

    Because they’re broke. Remember?

  34. buckfigben says: Mar 11, 2011 7:00 PM

    Jesus Christ neverend1, holy hell, could you shut up…oh my god.

  35. Canyonero says: Mar 11, 2011 7:02 PM

    Finally Danny Snyder can buy the team he’s always wanted!!

  36. cdwains says: Mar 11, 2011 7:03 PM

    Let anarchy reign…. Let the pandemonium begin.

  37. trigdaddy says: Mar 11, 2011 7:04 PM

    Nnamdi will either resign with Oakland or sign with the Eagles. He will not leave Oakland to go to a bad team.

  38. king3319 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:17 PM

    Al has spent so much money on horrible decisions he needs to suck it up open up the pocket book and keep that man in silver n black!!! If there’s an ounce of common sense left in that old ass mind of his he’ll keep one of the top 5 cb’s in Oakland!!!!

  39. laeaglefan says: Mar 11, 2011 7:17 PM

    It would appear to me that De Smith has the owners by the short hairs. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys LOL.

  40. jnbnet says: Mar 11, 2011 7:17 PM

    Do you go to school…or do you take your lunch?

  41. emossome84 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:20 PM

    @kom2k10

    Actually from reading everything online a majority of people are siding with the players. You’d prefer the billionaire owners to get richer?

  42. poboysandwich says: Mar 11, 2011 7:21 PM

    Yes- does the franchise tag hold weight? Could you imagine Peyton Manning being a free agent at 12:01?

  43. moochzilla says: Mar 11, 2011 7:47 PM

    “They get paid MILLIONS of dollars to play a game! THEY ARE NOT PARTNERS, THEY ARE EMPLOYEES!!!”

    1) They are partners, learn about the arrangement that is the NFL

    2) They get paid millions because they make their employers millions. You make crap because you produce like crap.

    “In a time where almost every American has suffered financially and had to make cutbacks, they are offended that they would be asked to make any concessions during a very difficult time.”

    Actually, the reverse happened. The owners wanted MORE of an EXPANDING pie. The owners refused to make concessions.

    And, sorry – no one ever said we all need to make the same as you. Because that’s communism.

    They have unique skills, you don’t. They’re in demand, you can be easily replaced. They make their team millions, you don’t make your company a whole lot. That’s called capitalism.

  44. jluttrell32 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:51 PM

    For those of you who don’t understand the point in signing a player the caliber Nnamdi Asamwhat (at least I got the first name right) with a lock-out coming. News Flash: the lock-out will eventually end! The gods will open the arenas for football again! And which ever owner signed a player like this with the unknown approaching will look like a genius come opening day. Hope this helps educate you school children.

  45. silverdeer says: Mar 11, 2011 8:00 PM

    The best part of this is that now that there is no union, DeMaurice is unemployed.

  46. stoop57 says: Mar 11, 2011 8:02 PM

    Unions stink. Just ask Wisconsin

  47. thefiesty1 says: Mar 11, 2011 8:06 PM

    I’m ready to enjoy all the college games I can. To he’ll with the pros. They owners, league and players should ALL be considered cons instead of pros.

    when they have the draft next month is it every man for himself? Maybe the newbies will just work out a deal with whoever they want instead of who drafted them. It’s definitely going to be an interesting time.

  48. jaggedmark says: Mar 11, 2011 8:21 PM

    When would Doty make such a ruling?

  49. cereal blogger says: Mar 11, 2011 8:22 PM

    interesting,,,Uh, no

  50. bigbeefyd says: Mar 11, 2011 8:31 PM

    neverend1 says:
    Mar 11, 2011 6:39 PM
    “Holy crap”

    Whatever happened to trying to make this site less offensive. That’s like saying “this is turning out to be retarded” “that’s so gay” “Jesus ** Christ”. Using the word “holy” can be offensive to people with a religion as the term “holy” is shared amongst most.

    ************************************

    You are an idiot.

  51. pftareraiderhaters says: Mar 11, 2011 8:34 PM

    makes complete pft sense

  52. itsmebobd says: Mar 11, 2011 9:09 PM

    OH NO!!!!!!! Whatever are these millionaires going to do now? It’s so sad that now, chad johnson wont be able to afford that gold plated shark tank. Now he’s going to have to cut back and get the silver plated one. What a freakin Travesty!!! Give me an effin break. Seriously, I hope they screw this season up, go ahead, because I for one will not watch a single game of football, or spend any money on these overpriced babies if they so much as miss a single day of training camp.

  53. moochzilla says: Mar 11, 2011 10:18 PM

    “Unions stink. Just ask Wisconsin”

    Where 60% of the population want those right restored?

    That Wisconsin? Or the one that exists in your own little mind?

  54. drumzan says: Mar 11, 2011 10:19 PM

    Zach Miller to the Dolphins!!!

  55. moochzilla says: Mar 11, 2011 10:21 PM

    Yeah, Smith will be unemployed.

    Sigh. Just because you are an unemployable loser with no skills who lives in fear of his “boss”…doesn’t mean everyone is like that.

    Some people have actual skills and talents.

    I’m so sorry you can be replaced by:

    1) Mexican immigrant labor
    2) Indian or Chinese professionals
    3) College kid fresh out of school

    Get some skills, you’ll feel better. May I suggest learning Chinese? Oh, but then you’ll miss ‘Idol’, Dr Pepper Big Gulps, and Doritos binging.

  56. 1buckeye76 says: Mar 11, 2011 10:35 PM

    neverend1 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:39 PM

    “Holy crap”

    Whatever happened to trying to make this site less offensive. That’s like saying “this is turning out to be retarded” “that’s so gay” “Jesus ** Christ”. Using the word “holy” can be offensive to people with a religion as the term “holy” is shared amongst most.

    I had avoided creating the free account for months, but reading your bs post drove me to sign up, just so i could respond to this nonsense. get a life. that is as tame as you will find on a public forum, and is not even approaching offensive, in any way.

  57. gpete1962 says: Mar 11, 2011 10:38 PM

    kom2k10 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:48 PM

    I can’t believe how out of touch De Smith and the PA are with the fans. THE FANS HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR THE PLAYERS!!!

    They get paid MILLIONS of dollars to play a game! THEY ARE NOT PARTNERS, THEY ARE EMPLOYEES!!
    _____________________________________

    I never heard one single player past or present express sympathy for fans who got screwed by PSL”s…..

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