The moment the draft ends (actually, sooner), NFL teams begin swarming over the guys who aren’t drafted.
It’s chaos. It’s a mess. And it results in teams putting undue pressure on undrafted players to make a decision before they have a chance to fully assess the situation and select the right team with which to start their careers.
Teams want to know immediately whether the player will sign what for him is a three-year commitment, and what for the team can be torn up on any given day, including that same day.
One team extended the same offer to multiple players with a “first-come, first-served” limitation. So if a player decided to accept the offer but he didn’t accept it before someone else did, the offer was gone.
Another team got snippy with an agent on Sunday morning regarding a player who opted not to pounce on an act-now offer.
“Never heard back from you,” the team said via text message to an agent who requested anonymity. “Your guy missed a big opportunity and you wasted a lot of our time.”
Time is the key word here. The NFL should impose a waiting period before players can sign as undrafted free agents, so that the players can assess all their options and make good decisions.
Of course, the fact that the NFL moved the draft to May makes it even more important for teams to get their undrafted free agents under contract and in the building for offseason workouts. But that’s all the more reason to force teams to tap the brakes so that men who have to make an important decision regarding their NFL futures will have a chance to consider all available offers and to select the best place to embark on a journey that could end up being very short if the wrong team is picked.