Sean Payton believes free agency will be delayed

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The NFL consistently has said it has “no plans” to delay the start of free agency. Those plans could indeed be on the verge of changing.

On Saturday, Saints coach Sean Payton (a member of the Competition Committee) expressed a belief that free agency will be delayed.

“Most immediately, the start of our league year, which is due to be this Wednesday, I think, free agency begins, that’s gonna be, I think, pushed back,” Payton said, via Amie Just of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The league year does indeed begin on Wednesday. As a practical matter, free agency typically begins with the opening of the negotiating window. This year, that’s due to happen on Monday at 12:00 p.m. ET.

We reported on Thursday that the league wants to wait until voting closes on the CBA before making any decisions about possibly delaying the start of the league year, in order to avoid further details in CBA voting. A Saturday night report from Mark Maske of the Washington Post lends significant credence to that theory, by explaining that, “[o]nce the CBA voting result is known, the NFL and NFLPA are expected to be in contact Sunday to determine the next steps for the offseason — whether or not to delay free agency and postpone teams’ offseason programs for players.”

So the league won’t be delaying the start of free agency. Until it does. And Maske’s report makes it clear that a topic on which the NFL has refused to bend will become flexible on Sunday.

6 responses to “Sean Payton believes free agency will be delayed

  1. Two yard Tom Brady is going to be upset. Can’t drag out his retirement or pending signing with the Las Vegas Grudens.

  2. As a sporrs and football fan, i dont mind if they push back the off season on field programs of teams, however, i would like the off the field dates to remain unchanged. At least that gives us some sense of normalcy during trying times and for the most part, much of the off field stuff can be accomplished remotely.

  3. Not sure the NFL can legaly delay the start of free agency. Once a contract expires.. it’s expired.

  4. Why delay free agency? It doesn’t require any audience and getting physicals by NFL Doctor’s isn’t putting the general public at risk. The draft can be accomplished as well, without crowds. It’s just what we have going on these days with the virus, contagious as it is. Delaying seems illogical. Let’s get her done.

  5. Favre is comig out of retirement to let us know that Drew Brees wants an explanation on why the delay is upsetting Brady’s free agency tour.

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