Free agency will proceed as planned

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After much discussion and debate, the NFL will start its new league year as planned. A source with knowledge of the situation has informed PFT that the new league year, and thus free agency, officially starts on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Which means that as a practical matter free agency starts Monday at noon ET, when the negotiating window opens.

Some had believed that the league would delay free agency, due to the bad optics of players signing multi-million-dollar deals during deeply troubled times. With team facilities closed, it won’t be easy to do the usual press conferences and physicals that accompany signings.

Indeed, if a national quarantine is imposed by Wednesday (which isn’t out of the question at this point), those physicals will be delayed, indefinitely.

But the decision was made to proceed, possibly in part because there’s a chance things aren’t going to get any better two or four or six or even eight weeks from now.

15 responses to “Free agency will proceed as planned

  1. You in the media were the only people suggesting it wouldn’t the league been saying the entire time It’s business as usual. Just more conjecture and speculation from the media as usual.

  2. Good. Give people jonesing for a sports fix something to watch since we can’t do anything else.

  3. Pretty much didn’t see five people rooting for any other outcome. Maybe not even three.

  4. The only place I have seen anyone trying to stop NFL free agency was here. NFL didn’t bat an eye. The reasons to stop free agency or push it back didn’t even make sense.

  5. Really? It’s like that guy that has been saying “the aliens are coming on Saturday”. He wakes up on Sunday wonders why it never happened and says well those other guys thought so too

  6. “…if a national quarantine is imposed by Wednesday, which isn’t out of the question…”

    This is just ridiculous and irresponsible conjecture. You know what also could happen by Wednesday? Pretty much anything. Or nothing.

  7. “Some had believed that the league would delay free agency, due to the bad optics of players signing multi-million-dollar deals during deeply troubled times.”

    Yeah – that was you guys earlier today with the article you printed.
    Americans are a resilient bunch – give people some credit.

  8. I don’t understand the “bad optics” thing. No one is going to feel any different about athletes signing contracts now than they would at any other time. If anything, postponing the league year would be just another kick in the shorts for sports fans who are already stuck in their houses with no sports to follow.

  9. No reason to hold it up when most of the movement is purely administrative. Last I heard one cannot get the virus through email, text or phone calls.

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