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Report that teams can sign undrafted players now is incorrect

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After a day of conflicting timelines (thanks to some reports that were in conflict with reality), there’s a new conflict in the league’s timeline, thanks to the league.

John Clayton of ESPN reports that teams have received the ability to sign undrafted free agents on Monday night.

At some point on Monday afternoon, the league decided to permit the transactions, beginning tonight at 6:00 p.m. ET.

Previously, negotiations were permitted with undrafted players tonight, but no deals could be signed until Tuesday.

UPDATED:  Tom Kowalski of tells us that, per multiple source, teams cannot sign undrafted players tonight.  Too bad Kowalski doesn’t work for ESPN, or it would be the latest episode of the recent ESPN-on-ESPN crime spree.

SECOND UPDATE:  Mark Maske of the Washington Post confirms Kowalski, citing NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.  So, basically, the Professor was a little nutty on this one.  Teams can’t sign undrafted rookies yet.  But they can, as the Professor would say, nego-see-ate with them.

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37 Responses to “Report that teams can sign undrafted players now is incorrect”
  1. trbowman says: Jul 25, 2011 9:46 PM

    Ravens got Herzlich

  2. rydiesel says: Jul 25, 2011 9:47 PM

    The cheesy photos with all of the posts has gotta stop.. some things are better left as only text. I dont need to see someones mom doing their homework for them as an example of “undrafted free agent signings”, class it up PFT.

  3. imjinbrdgr says: Jul 25, 2011 9:48 PM

    imjinbrdgr says: Jul 25, 2011 9:32 PM

    Why do the rich in this country refuse to pay their fair share and why does the Republican Party insist on bending to their every whim?

    Call your congressman and insist on a balanced approach to getting US out of this crisis.

  4. pwall1 says: Jul 25, 2011 9:48 PM

    Eagles got Miami RB Graig Cooper.

  5. pnut87 says: Jul 25, 2011 9:49 PM

    Source on the Herzlich signing?

  6. kepickle says: Jul 25, 2011 9:49 PM

    Yes they are Panther already have 3

  7. realitypolice says: Jul 25, 2011 9:51 PM

    I am confused.

    Does the rule that veterans who sign free agent contracts can’t practice until August 4th apply to drafted rookies and rookie free agents?

    If not, why not? Wouldn’t the same rationale that the contracts wouldn’t be executed until the league year started apply to ALL new contracts?

    I’m confused.

  8. kmynatt says: Jul 25, 2011 9:52 PM

    You guys are falling off… The Carolina Panthers have signed UNC DB Kendric Burney and Auburn C Ryan Pugh. The Steelers have signed Kendric Saunders and the Ravens have signed Mark Herzlich.

  9. threeptplay says: Jul 25, 2011 9:54 PM

    Packers have signed WR Tori Gurley and KR Shaky Smithson, according to Twitter postings.

  10. trbowman says: Jul 25, 2011 9:54 PM

    LOL, ESPN has been wrong a lot lately.

  11. tomwill21 says: Jul 25, 2011 9:55 PM

    I’ve seen so many conflicting stories on this one topic alone. The NFL is back lol

  12. ravenchief says: Jul 25, 2011 9:55 PM

    Ravens got RB Damien Berry for where else but….The U!

  13. kaveech says: Jul 25, 2011 9:56 PM

    I love the Detroit Lions, the only bad thing is that they have Tom Kowalski as a beat writer and he’s terrible. He’s captain obvious and never gets any inside information. In fact I think he’s spends more time cutting and pasting from ESPN and Pro Football Talk’s website then he does on his own research.

  14. kaveech says: Jul 25, 2011 9:57 PM

    I love the Detroit Lions, the only bad thing is that they have Tom Kowalski as a beat writer and he’s terrible. He’s captain obvious and never gets any inside information. In fact I think he’s spends more time cutting and pasting from ESPN and Pro Football Talk’s website then he does on his own research. Go Lions!!!

  15. bhbarrett says: Jul 25, 2011 9:57 PM

    Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel to the Saints.

  16. Southpaw says: Jul 25, 2011 9:58 PM

    Herzlich to the Ravens SON…

    First day of training camp: “Hi, my name is Ray Lewis. Take notes.”

  17. beckzhere says: Jul 25, 2011 10:00 PM

    Falcons get Herzlich.

  18. 72Perfection says: Jul 25, 2011 10:01 PM

    Why should any other NFL team bother to sign free agents…..Coach Foot in Mouth oops I mean Ryan just gauranteed another Super Bowl win for the NY Jokes…oops….I mean NY Jests….oops…I mean NY J.E.T.S…….gee isn’t that a 3peat? They did win the last 2 in row didn’t they??


    What a joke of a team…can’t even win the division and year after year they guarantee Super Bowl victories!

  19. youboettcha says: Jul 25, 2011 10:02 PM

    Saying that they can be signed, and then saying that they can’t be signed is kinda like PFT on PFT crime although you did it to yourself. But it’s okay because this story is like many others is you passing along other reports.

  20. slyordie says: Jul 25, 2011 10:02 PM

    Man looks like Jeron Johnson will go to the Seahawks. Wanted him on the Chargers.

  21. stampnhawk says: Jul 25, 2011 10:08 PM

    Which free agent’s hands were used in the picture for this thread?

  22. herlies says: Jul 25, 2011 10:09 PM

    So Glazer breaks the story late last night while the ESPN goons continue to shoot blanks.

    How many guys do they have covering this?

  23. hobartbaker says: Jul 25, 2011 10:09 PM

    Dang, everything changes again just after teams sent out Greyhound bus tickets and McDonald’s gift cards to the UDFAs they thought they signed.

  24. ramsfanjoe says: Jul 25, 2011 10:12 PM

    Rams agree with James Dockery CB

  25. balzosteel says: Jul 25, 2011 10:13 PM

    Paying 3x as much as a player’s actual worth is prolly my most fave thing to do ever!!


    Daniel Snyder

  26. nortonfest says: Jul 25, 2011 10:13 PM

    Mike, you really enjoy ESPN on ESPN crime, don’t you?

  27. We'reFineThere says: Jul 25, 2011 10:14 PM

    noel devine is a good stripper name

  28. str8up12 says: Jul 25, 2011 10:21 PM

    Does anyone even read John Clayton anymore?

  29. goawayeverybody says: Jul 25, 2011 10:28 PM

    And so the revolving door of breaking news and then retraction continues. It’s good fun!

  30. hitdog042 says: Jul 25, 2011 10:35 PM

    Bengals: Kent ST safety Brian Lainhart

  31. david7590 says: Jul 25, 2011 10:41 PM


    At least we can get to the playoffs. Remember, you haven’t won a playoff game since Dec. 2000 and Rex as won more playoff games in two years than all Dolphag coach’s post-Shula COMBINED. As for the Super Bowl, the Dolphags won their last just 5 years after the Jets, so watch those stones being thrown in your glass house because when you were 2-0 last year all the PhagPhans where sure they would be fist-pumping in the playoffs… how’d that turn out for ya?

  32. rexryansdirtysock says: Jul 25, 2011 10:43 PM

    Players are going online and confirming that they’ve signed with teams, even calling it “official.” But they’re not “official.”

    So confusing. But I think that they will be posted to the transaction wire tomorrow morning.

  33. theembalmed says: Jul 25, 2011 10:52 PM

    I love how you bash ESPN. When he hell did this site ever break any news? all you do is ingest and regurgitate whatever ESPN, Yahoo, FOX or whoever else you follow says. then when its wrong you are quick to point out that–ooops this person said it not me.

    And the few time you post non-regurgitated stories and they are wrong you just ignore the post like it never happened.

    its really pathetic. its like reading the blog of a twelve yr old…..or a lawyer.

  34. endzonezombie says: Jul 25, 2011 11:17 PM

    Now that the season has begun again, trumpet the arrival of the Dolphin fools who think they can conquer the internet while their teams embarrasses themselves on the field. While they rag on the Jets and Pats, they forget that they have a tradition of LOSING every year in Miami while at least NY and Boston fields teams that are competitive in almost every sport.

  35. jimmylions says: Jul 26, 2011 12:11 AM

    Killer Kowalski is usually dead on when he reports something. Kudos to the Ann Arbor beat reporter covering the Lions!

  36. stonedolphin89 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:54 AM

    So, what… Undrafted Free Agents are verbally declaring themselves to teams, and it will be made official tomorrow at 10am EST? Or is PFT totally off the mark and they’re signing now. Because I’m hearing all over that rookies are signing to teams.

  37. keeponhating says: Jul 26, 2011 1:01 AM

    @ imjinbrgr hmm I could have sworn this site was for football news but since you brought it up. Lets say we raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans (you know the business owners who create jobs? I know that’s a hard concept to grasp since the crazy left wingers have you convinced that government creates jobs) Do u think that these business owners are just going to say “ok you got me here’s my share”? Hell no they aren’t they either go out of business or whatever product or service they offer the price just goes up. The system in America isn’t perfect but its still far and away the best in the world. If government would get the Hell out of the way the economy would recover by itself.

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