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Looking closer at what “The Transition Rules” will look like

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It remains to be seen whether the NFL can meet their new July 21 target for ratification of a new labor deal.  It’s worth remembering that targets have been missed before this offseason, and closing a deal is the hardest part.

(If it was easy, it would have happened by now.)

No matter when the lockout ends, the timeline of logistics after the lockout ends in ESPN’s report should remain consistent. Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen report that it will go something like this:

4 days after the ratification:  Teams will be able to sign undrafted players.  On the same day, teams will get a three-day window to re-sign their own players.  It’s safe to say tampering will go nuts in this period as agents shop deals around.

7 days after ratification: Free agency starts.  So does the league year.  A lot of huge deals figure to be signed within hours. Magic.

12 days after ratification: Rosters will be set at 90 players.  That’s a lot of signing in a very short amount of time.

13 days after ratification: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.  (We’re assuming RFAs will only be third year players at this point, but that isn’t confirmed.)

17 days after ratification:  A four-day period for teams to match restricted free-agent offer sheets ends.

22 days after ratification: This one isn’t agreed upon, but it could be a deadline for rookies to sign.  Um, wow. This unprecedented idea is something we’ll delve into later.

26 days after ratification: The signing period for RFAs, franchise players, and transition tag players ends.

From PFT’s vantage point, the NFL season will essentially start the day the lockout ends, with no let up until the Super Bowl. August could be the busiest month of them all; a period of player movement unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

We just need the owners and players to close the deal.

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32 Responses to “Looking closer at what “The Transition Rules” will look like”
  1. thephantomstranger says: Jul 11, 2011 10:46 AM

    At the rate they’re going, 27 days after ratification will be the Super Bowl.

  2. b7p19 says: Jul 11, 2011 10:46 AM

    My head will likely explode…as will your server because i’ll be refreshing like a wild man.

  3. any2many says: Jul 11, 2011 10:48 AM

    Both sides have backed themselves into a corner. Both deserve the chaos that is sure to follow the radification. Sad that grown men allow ego’s to impede such a lucrative business. There is no longer good guys and bad guys. They are all the same.

  4. Deb says: Jul 11, 2011 10:54 AM

    At least we might not have to suffer through any annoying rookie holdouts.

    Questions:

    What is the drop-dead date by which they’d have to ratify to ensure no preseason games are missed?

    When would camp begin? Any plans to shorten camp?

    Is there anything we the fans can/should do to help speed this along?

  5. cjca84 says: Jul 11, 2011 11:08 AM

    on the 27th day Everyone will start their Madden franchise season will numerous roster updates.

  6. Kaz says: Jul 11, 2011 11:08 AM

    No way they can look at this without realizing the damage they did to the season this offseason. Really, I know the coaches are pissed. I’d rather them take their time getting the year going at a realistic pace and start the season late, than rush it and act like come 9/11 all is normal and each team has had fair amount of time to prepare to the expectations of the fans.

  7. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jul 11, 2011 11:23 AM

    Am I the only person becoming slightly excited for something like this? I mean there will be so much happening so fast, it will be like crack for football fans!

  8. savocabol1 says: Jul 11, 2011 11:30 AM

    There is no deal in place.

    Why should we believe this timeline?

  9. carlgerbschmidt says: Jul 11, 2011 11:32 AM

    How many days after ratification until the vikes have their new stadium?

  10. nationalmediacansuckit says: Jul 11, 2011 11:34 AM

    32 days after ratification: Blackout rules will be lifted for the 2011 season.

    After this complete disaster of an off season and ,with a majority of teams not selling tickets as they normally would, blackouts should be lifted. Can’t blame any fan for not spending their hard earned money on a season that could not happen.

  11. 4gone says: Jul 11, 2011 11:41 AM

    Don’t neglect the real cause/effect result here – this is severely tightening our window for scheduling our Fantasy Drafts…

  12. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 11, 2011 11:42 AM

    Yeah, wow indeed. If there is a deadline for rookies to sign, what happens after that deadline could be extremely interesting. Owner favor? Player favor? What ever it’s gonna be, GET ON WITH IT.

  13. tomwill21 says: Jul 11, 2011 11:45 AM

    26 days before ratification: I still don’t care.

  14. raidersmojo says: Jul 11, 2011 11:47 AM

    “Am I the only person becoming slightly excited for something like this? I mean there will be so much happening so fast, it will be like crack for football fans!”

    ————————————

    This will be great as I have been without my fix for awhile now. I’m really itchy.

  15. Soulman45 says: Jul 11, 2011 11:55 AM

    This must be the feel good story for to day because their is no deal and I believe no deal is in site.

  16. vetdana says: Jul 11, 2011 12:11 PM

    I have a question for everyone…. Where is the deal and new CBA, that makes all of this possible ?

    Until we get it…..everyone of us stills has their head in the sand and their behinds exposed.

  17. tylerdurden0 says: Jul 11, 2011 12:16 PM

    This is the most comprehensive article I’ve seen in regards to what will happen once this GD CBA is reached. (I propose that anytime the CBA is mentioned, it should be preceeded by “GD” henceforth until an agreement is reached).

  18. godfther81 says: Jul 11, 2011 12:17 PM

    If this is the “timeline”, when would training camps open?

    Have a hard time believing that they’d open camps before free agency or the rosters being set at 90 players.

  19. tombradysponytail says: Jul 11, 2011 12:20 PM

    Deb says:
    Jul 11, 2011 10:54 AM

    Is there anything we the fans can/should do to help speed this along?

    _____

    Is there anything fans can do to help?

    You really do live in make-believe. With flowers and bells and leprechauns, and magic frogs with funny little hats.

  20. rabidmike says: Jul 11, 2011 12:45 PM

    Who are the teams in the hall of fame game on Aug 7. and who are they putting on the field? Certainly not any big named free agents the signed between July 28th and Aug 6 , certainly not any top draft picks or any player acquired in a trade. I hope my team isn’t I’m that game.

  21. crubenst says: Jul 11, 2011 12:47 PM

    This story has got me sufficiently pumped to make the following offer to the league: IF you get this deal done by the end of the week I will forget this whole lockout ever happened. BUT, if you drag this out past next week I am prepared to make an idle threat about not watching a single game this year knowing full well I’ll cave and be as excited as ever once a deal does get done.

  22. Kaz says: Jul 11, 2011 1:45 PM

    You guys are crazy if you think this is going to go smooth. You guys do realize the first training camps is suppose to open in 11 days right. And all will be well huh…. Right.

  23. Deb says: Jul 11, 2011 2:02 PM

    @tombradysponytail …

    My posts have demonstrated that I’m generally practical and well-informed … which is why I’m aware that a well-timed influx of letters can provide a much-needed push at the right moment.

    When the Jaguars came into the league, the NFL forced the Orlando AFC market into the Jags viewing audience even though Central Fla. had always been Dolphins territory. The outcry from local fans was so overwhelming that the NFL agreed to alternate the Dolphins and Jaguars.

    Though I’m a Steelers fan, I phoned NBC myself one Sunday to complain when the Bengals–led by David Shula–were going down to the wire against Don Shula’s Dolphins in the early game and NBC cut away because they were forced by the NFL to give us the Jags pregame. When I called information for the number to NBC, the operator asked me what was happening because their boards were overloaded with people demanding the number to NBC. The NFL issued an apology and promised not to cut away from close games to forcefeed us anymore pregame shows.

    So, smart ass, maybe if you had something in your head other than fantasies about Tom Brady and his hairdos, you’d understand that fans can have an impact when they make the right move at the right moment.

  24. lostsok says: Jul 11, 2011 2:07 PM

    Christmas in August! LOVE IT!!!

  25. freedomispopular says: Jul 11, 2011 3:10 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see which teams will have the stamina and endurance to make it all the way to the end.

  26. truehog21 says: Jul 11, 2011 3:28 PM

    let’s go…..baseball is driving me &$@?’en crazy!!!!

  27. bradjames33160 says: Jul 11, 2011 3:36 PM

    Deb’s comment gets me to thinking, I’m sure glad I don’t live in an NFL market.

    It would be fun to have an NFL team in your state or town but in Utah, we NEVER have to worry about blackouts.

    Thankfully, we usually get a good doubleheader either week on either CBS or FOX.

    I guess the only problem is, we often get Steelers or Cowboys games in one window, no matter who they are playing.

    At least my Broncos are on either KUTV-Channel 2 Salt Lake City (CBS) or KSTU-TV Channel 13 (FOX) so I can’t complain.

    If ticket prices continue to skyrocket, guess I’ll have to watch the Broncos in HD, with no threat of blackout.

  28. Deb says: Jul 11, 2011 4:38 PM

    @bradjames33160 …

    You’re right about having more options in a non-NFL market. Technically, I’m in three markets–Jags, Dolphins, and Bucs. If CBS has the double-header, sometimes they’ll have the Dolphins at 1, the Jags at 4, and Fox will have the Bucs. This area isn’t particularly satellite-friendly–dish owners get a lot of interference–and with no Sunday Ticket cable option, you’re just stuck watching these three teams. That’s one reason I love Sunday, Monday, and Thursday night games. And thank goodness we now have RedZone and online options. But today I’m kicking myself because I committed to help host a baby shower and just found out they scheduled it during a game. :eek:

  29. larryfinfan says: Jul 11, 2011 6:13 PM

    Bottom line is that Mort and Shefty haven’t given us anything other than ‘dates’ of things that may or may not happen ?? That’s a lot of help….

  30. tombradysponytail says: Jul 11, 2011 9:13 PM

    @Deb says:Jul 11, 2011 2:02 PM

    So, smart ass, maybe if you had something in your head other than fantasies about Tom Brady and his hairdos, you’d understand that fans can have an impact when they make the right move at the right moment.
    ________

    Okay, my bad.

    Owner 1 (from secret bunker under exclusive Weekapaug Inn): The judge ruled in our favor on the lockout, we shoudl be able to squeeze another 375M out of they players.
    Owner 2: But, here’s a petition signed by 1,200 fans saying they want their football back…
    Owner 1: Okay, let’s cave.

    Player 1 (from secret bunker under the LQ nightclub): The owners don’t have anything without us, we shoudl be able to squeeze another 375M out of those selfish owners.
    Player 2: But, here’s a petition signed by 1,200 fans saying they want their football back.
    Player 1: Okay, let’s cave.

    —————

    The case will be settle when each side feels like they have gotten as much as they can out of the other side. And not before. But, have fun with your petition.

  31. Deb says: Jul 11, 2011 10:45 PM

    @tombradysponytail …

    I didn’t say anything about a petition. Yes, both sides are pushing to get the best possible deal. But talks stall. And hundreds of phone calls and letters dropping at the right moment can make the people behind the negotiators antsy. Sometimes it takes only a tiny push to get over a hump in these situations. I know this because I’ve been involved in negotiations at the corporate level, in personal contract negotiations, and involved with parties conducting sensitive government negotiations. I’m not some wet-behind-the-ears schoolgirl dancing with sugarplum fairies. And from the sandbox-level comments you were posting about me on other threads today, I doubt you are an experienced business leader respected for your strategic thinking.

  32. thephantomstranger says: Jul 11, 2011 11:35 PM

    tombradysponytail says:
    Jul 11, 2011 9:13 PM
    @Deb says:Jul 11, 2011 2:02 PM

    So, smart ass, maybe if you had something in your head other than fantasies about Tom Brady and his hairdos, you’d understand that fans can have an impact when they make the right move at the right moment.
    ________

    Okay, my bad.

    Owner 1 (from secret bunker under exclusive Weekapaug Inn): The judge ruled in our favor on the lockout, we shoudl be able to squeeze another 375M out of they players.
    Owner 2: But, here’s a petition signed by 1,200 fans saying they want their football back…
    Owner 1: Okay, let’s cave.
    ________________

    Shows what you know. The Weekapaug Inn is still closed for renovations.

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