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Welcome to the NFL’s New Year’s Day

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Not everyone celebrates New Year’s Day on January 1.  For the NFL, it’s a day in March that is determined at some point before March.

This year, today’s the day.  So Merry New Year!

As of 4:00 p.m. ET, the NFL’s 2014 year officially begins.  At that point, every team must be in compliance with the salary cap.  At that point, trades may happen.

At that point, free agents may actually receive offers and reach agreements and make travel plans and otherwise hit the market.

The official start of the new league years comes after three-plus days of illogical negotiations that can’t become a consensus.  And as we get closer to 4:00 p.m. ET, it’s becoming harder to keep the non-deal deals under wraps.

If the NFL is serious about its rules, the NFL will investigate every report of a premature agreements and/or travel plans made before 4:00 p.m. ET.  While it could be hard to get reporters to name their sources, some of the reports are coming from the NFL’s house band, which makes it (in theory) a lot easier to compel cooperation, if the NFL is truly serious about enforcing its bizarre negotiate-but-don’t-agree tampering window.

Don’t count on that happening.  The league simply wants to keep the deals under wraps until 4:00 p.m. ET, in the hopes of eventually crafting a college football-style signing day, where players will announce in 15 minute intervals their next destinations, live on NFL Network.

For now, it’s a free for all.  And you can follow all of it right here — for free — through the rest of the day and all night and into Wednesday and beyond.

Beyond a constant stream of posts, we’ll be talking free agency on PFT Live at noon ET and on Pro Football Talk on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. ET.

See you there.  See you here.  See you wherever.

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8 Responses to “Welcome to the NFL’s New Year’s Day”
  1. deflateddome says: Mar 11, 2014 11:47 AM

    I think we need some noisemakers and some afternoon drinks. It really is a party..Happy New Year NFL 2014…

  2. burgandy2260 says: Mar 11, 2014 11:48 AM

    Bring it Mike…just bring it!!! Happy New Year!!!

  3. bmorell says: Mar 11, 2014 11:51 AM

    Yes we know it happens every year, its not news anymore and bringing it up and complaining about it will only stop the leaks; let it go already!

  4. fatguystrangler says: Mar 11, 2014 11:58 AM

    Some teams should make New Year’s resolutions to not overspend on free agency. But, they probably won’t.

  5. jodave5 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:21 PM

    Free agency….i.e. the path to nowhere. Better draft and develop your own players because FA’s rarely pan out and they wreck your salary structure. Hanesworth, I’m looking at you!

  6. jimmyt says: Mar 11, 2014 12:44 PM

    4:00 p.m. ET is a bit early to start drinking and whooping it up but OK, I’m in.

  7. craigkintexas says: Mar 11, 2014 1:34 PM

    NFL front office is the best example of a dog and pony show I’ve ever seen! And they pay the top dog $40 million?????????????

  8. wolfman55h says: Mar 11, 2014 2:00 PM

    After a suck ass Super Bowl I been jonesing for some nfl news. Free fricking agency baby! Come to daddy!!

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