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Thanks for a record-shattering day

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For the first time, the NFL launched a new league year at 4:00 p.m. ET, shifting the first eight hours of free agency from the low-traffic times of midnight until 8:00 a.m. ET.

Thank you, NFL, for doing it this way.

Not only did we shatter the single-hour traffic record, with 634,779 page views in the first 60 minutes of free agency, but we also took down the former single-day mark of 5.288 million page views.

The new record is 5.651 million.

Thanks very much to the 800,000-plus of you who visited PFT on Tuesday and checked out nearly seven pages each on average.  Let’s do it again on Wednesday.

And Wednesday starts right now.  Silva is taking the first half of the graveyard shift, and I’ll be back at 3:00 a.m., give or take.  MDS will join the party at 6:00 a.m. or so.

We’ll then it all going at least for another 24 hours.  Maybe longer.

After all, only 12 of the top 100 free agents have signed.

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70 Responses to “Thanks for a record-shattering day”
  1. livxsiv says: Mar 14, 2012 12:02 AM

    No PFT, thank you for having such up to the minute content!

    Even if it is littered with grammatical errors, we still love you!

  2. Rex Grossman says: Mar 14, 2012 12:03 AM

    You are welcome.

    -Your biggest fan and visitor of this website 20-30 times per day,


  3. mjkelly77 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:04 AM

    You’re welcome.

  4. maddenisfordorks says: Mar 14, 2012 12:04 AM

    I love this site.

    No hetero.

  5. hawkitnow says: Mar 14, 2012 12:05 AM

    i’ve got a couple more hits for you when i ball these fists

  6. azheat says: Mar 14, 2012 12:05 AM

    Pro Football talk is the best !!!

  7. staffordsyear says: Mar 14, 2012 12:06 AM

    I”ll be here all night.

  8. chiefsroyals says: Mar 14, 2012 12:06 AM

    Free agency is exciting!

  9. spytdi says: Mar 14, 2012 12:06 AM

    Cowboys sign Carr tonight!

  10. zanderbough says: Mar 14, 2012 12:06 AM

    Damn, good call on quitting your lawyer job.

  11. raideralex99 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:07 AM

    It’s too bad there was no Raiders news … you would have topped 6 million views.

  12. crossland2035 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:08 AM

    Thank you guys for the great articles and up to minute news! Been loyal to PFT since the start. I remember back in high school my friends would always tell me I was dumb for reading this site that was “all rumors”. Then they started realizing things that I said actually happened. Then PFT joined up with NBC and became legit. I’ll never leave PFT!

  13. driverx77 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:09 AM

    Unless the NFL decides to dock PFT 2 million page views, conveniently redistributing them to ESPN,, etc. Seriously though – keep up the good work… and keep stirring the pot. 😉

  14. rj88888 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:09 AM

    Your efforts are appreciated, thanks.

  15. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 14, 2012 12:09 AM

    You deserve the success, Mike. Thanks for all of your work.

    PS Don’t censor this!

  16. skoobyfl says: Mar 14, 2012 12:10 AM

    Good for you, find where Mario is staying tonight so we can have a tailgate party there.

  17. snikerbotloot says: Mar 14, 2012 12:10 AM

    Keep it coming, this stuff is like crack during the FF offseason. Thanks guys.

  18. hgl25 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:11 AM

    Thank God FA started at 4 ET instead of midnight. My phone kept me up all night two years ago w/PFT updates every other minute.

  19. getadealdonealready says: Mar 14, 2012 12:12 AM

    no problem, was expecting a little more news though!

  20. corchamp says: Mar 14, 2012 12:13 AM

    I was 2.2 million of those

  21. mikebrownstepdown says: Mar 14, 2012 12:13 AM

    Your welcome. I probably checked this site 20 times since 4pm.

  22. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Mar 14, 2012 12:13 AM

    It’s probably more like a thousand people refreshing their pages every thirty seconds…

  23. jc327 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:13 AM

    I swear, my wife is gonna divorce me because if you guys.

  24. phuckosu says: Mar 14, 2012 12:13 AM

    Glad to have done my part. I basically was all over your website all day instead of listening to lecture in my nursing school! Lets plan on doing the same tomorrow…

  25. w18wheeler says: Mar 14, 2012 12:14 AM

    The NFL is finally giving the football fan what we want. Last year the first round of the draft was in primetime. This year, instead of waking up to news of signing, Goodell gave us a reason to listen to talk radio and to keep on my computer screen at work. This is how you keep a fan base that craves football involved with an off season that is nearly exciting as an actual game.

  26. mesodoso says: Mar 14, 2012 12:14 AM

    Your Welcome, But you are the one I should be thinking, So, Thank You for your news breaking headlines… Man it feels good to be an NFL fan!

  27. lolb23 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:14 AM

    Your site is the only one i read now. Don’t f it up !

  28. cannonballdookie says: Mar 14, 2012 12:15 AM

    A++ work. Site didn’t crash once and info was pouring out by the second.

  29. Justin says: Mar 14, 2012 12:18 AM

    I remember when the site crashed like 3 years ago because of so much traffic before PFT united with NBC. Oh the memories.

  30. jacobslatter says: Mar 14, 2012 12:18 AM

    Don’t forget the Peyton Manning updates!

  31. hawkron says: Mar 14, 2012 12:18 AM

    Now kick off the darn ball, already!!!!

  32. jessethebody says: Mar 14, 2012 12:19 AM

    I wonder how many of those views were from Vikings GM Rick Spielman? I bet he kept clicking to see who is signing all the good players. Time to crap or get off the pot Rick. We need LaRon Landry along with Lions LBs Tulloch and Levy. Hell, we’ll even take Laurent Robinson too. Spend that $30 mil already!!!

  33. dontbescared says: Mar 14, 2012 12:19 AM

    Thanks for ur hard work. This site is awesome and I feel smarter in front of my friends for reading it. …in football terms at least.

  34. vikingsrdue says: Mar 14, 2012 12:19 AM

    I live on this site! haha

  35. kane337 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:19 AM

    Thank you for all the constant updates whether they are rumors, speculation, or fact.

    Enjoy reading the site and getting the pulse of NFL happenings.

  36. jamezz23 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:20 AM

    PTF is awesome even if you.for no reason delete my coments that don’t have anything wrong or bad in them.

  37. pacificnw7722 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:21 AM

    I feel like a friggin’ crack head that just… ODeeeed.

  38. Soulman45 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:22 AM

    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS is sitting in the weeds till the cost go down because they are broke OH WELL.

    A Great Day

  39. movementarians says: Mar 14, 2012 12:23 AM

    It is a lot easier to support this site when you are reporting news instead of manipulating headlines or taking quotes out of context to generate “news stories” during slow news cycles. The response matched the quality. See, you don’t have to make stuff up to get attention.

  40. phillyphever says: Mar 14, 2012 12:23 AM

    Give those hamsters some rest guys. They must have done a lot of work making sure you guys keep posting news on here with the traffic.

  41. tryptoboz says: Mar 14, 2012 12:23 AM

    I just woke up, can you summarize everything that happened today in one article, I’m lazy.

  42. roamingabriel says: Mar 14, 2012 12:24 AM

    Good job guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. moelester says: Mar 14, 2012 12:26 AM

    You know what I miss? What was that guys name? Something Bill? With the funny photoshopped pictures… Let’s get that going again.

  44. roamingabriel says: Mar 14, 2012 12:26 AM

    I’m still having trouble voting……………..

  45. alonestartexan says: Mar 14, 2012 12:27 AM

    PFT is wonderful, I hardly ever go to ESPN anymore !

    Most of their stuff is insider crap anyways !

  46. ntea6 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:27 AM

    You’re welcome…greatest football site ever….btw, where’s Rosenthal been?

  47. Exiled1 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:28 AM

    You guys are part of my everyday routine. And this time of year that means checking in 20-40 times a day. This is by far my favorite website. Thanks to you guys for your due diligence on the topics that interest me.

    The best thing about your site is that you haven’t big timed us. Even though you’ve went big time, you’ve kept the site about us fans AND made your mark on the national stage.

    Thanks for keeping it real.

  48. outlawshark says: Mar 14, 2012 12:29 AM

    “Thanks for a record-shattering day”

    Thanks for stopping the future random deletion of decent posts from your followers.

  49. cmpenny says: Mar 14, 2012 12:30 AM

    U are VERY welcome. Thank YOU PFT for being on it so diligently and for such a great app!!!!

  50. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:33 AM

    Best place to go for NFL news… I didn’t know it at the time but I guess I was doing somthing worthwhile today!

  51. ttommytom says: Mar 14, 2012 12:35 AM

    I remember when a big news day would slow your PC to a crawl or crash. Off and on all day.

  52. seahawksbmx says: Mar 14, 2012 12:40 AM

    The mobile app has been great for updates. Thanks!

  53. godofwine330 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:40 AM

    Thank you for bringing a free site (yes I am talking about YOU Mr. ESPN Insider) that all football fans can enjoy. I come here multiple times a day.

  54. bigbearincali says: Mar 14, 2012 12:44 AM

    NFL is king!!! Off season activities are more interesting than hockey & baseball!!!

  55. phelbin says: Mar 14, 2012 12:53 AM

    I work for an e-commerce site, and our numbers pale in comparison. You guys killed it today! Congrats!

  56. jsratx says: Mar 14, 2012 12:54 AM

    Mike, you should come to SXSW Interactive next year. You’re a celebrity blogger who’s in the know on applying tech to reporting. Kind of central to what the conference is all about. Besides, Austin doesn’t suck.

  57. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 14, 2012 12:57 AM

    Thanks for all of the info, and thanks for showing a picture of the most exciting team in the league, the Saints.

  58. gator2006 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:58 AM

    Only complaint is y’all trying to copyright un-catchy catchphrases

  59. tigobitties says: Mar 14, 2012 1:05 AM

    hooooray beer!

  60. lilrob10201 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:10 AM

    I am sad to say I viewed this website 45 times today.

  61. defscottyb says: Mar 14, 2012 1:33 AM

    The Redskin haters can hate all they want… They are probably Cowboys, Eagles or Giants fans or, they are mad they are not getting RG3. The fact is that since Dan Synder has finally let go of the decision making and let his GM Bruce Allen and his Head Coach Shanahan make the decisions the Redskins are finally on the right path. Starting with last years draft, trading down to stockpile picks. That would of never happened if Dan was making football decisions. Trading up to get RG3 was smart and if he is as good as the Skins think the NFC East is in trouble and the haters are just scared of that. Also, today’s WR FA signings were smart, once again. Got 3 solid wr’s instead of one big name big $, older wr. Leonard Hankerson will be off IR this year (he’ll be a pro-bowl wr) and DE jarvis jenkins will be back off IR too. The Redskins are going to be scary this year and the NFC East haters know it. The Redskins are finally doing things right. Thank you Mr. Synder for finally seeing things clearly and letting your GM and HC make the football decisions and just write the checks. Hail!

  62. drush127 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:37 AM

    Love the site, and love the app on my iPhone.

  63. ibreathefootball says: Mar 14, 2012 1:38 AM

    I appreciate the appreciation Flo. You guys came a long way over the years, and flew past TRZ! I would like to see some more articles about your beliefs on topics in the NFL, but the news/rumors still make me visit PFT all day/every day!

  64. hound32 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:41 AM

    i keep peeking back in here to see if my Browns have done ANYTHING ..apparently not .

    begging to not trust the fat boys in the Browns FO ..Building through the draft is fine but dammit fill some holes with some veterans .

    at this pace i will be to senile to know what the hell is going on or dead .

    get off your fat asses Heckert & Holmgren DO SOMETHING DAMMIT !!!!!!!

  65. bluestar4ever says: Mar 14, 2012 1:51 AM

    driverx77 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:09 AM

    “Unless the NFL decides to dock PFT 2 million page views, conveniently redistributing them to ESPN,, etc.”

    Don’t worry, they won’t do that until 2 years from now

  66. josiewales69 says: Mar 14, 2012 2:51 AM

    never let it be said I didn’t do the least I could!

  67. jimr9999us says: Mar 14, 2012 3:16 AM

    Hey Mike, you guys kicked ESPN’s ass today! Nice work. You guys are on my bar through 2012-13. Keep it up!

  68. jimr9999us says: Mar 14, 2012 3:18 AM

    Oh, and before I go to bed, you should thank the Bears for starting things off right!

    Go Bears!

  69. dolphan23 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:36 AM

    I love you guys keep up the great work. p.s. thank you for the app I use pft on my phone everyday!

  70. defscottyb says: Nov 2, 2013 5:32 AM

    Thanks to all of your Redskins name Propaganda…. Total Race Profiteer man…. Way to jump on the AL and Jesse bandwagon for money and page hits/views… Congratulations!

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