Reports: Team executives expect league year to start on time

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Despite talk that the NFL would delay the start of the league year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many of those who work for NFL teams think the league will keep to its original schedule.

According to multiple reports, team officials are operating on the assumption that the league year will start on time, which means the “legal tampering” period will start as planned at noon ET on Monday, and free agency will begin on Wednesday.

From the league’s perspective, the idea may be that free agency can be conducted remotely: Team personnel executives can communicate with players and agents on the phone and online, contracts can be sent electronically and by fax, and there’s not a risk of spreading the coronavirus by opening free agency as planned.

The problem is that free agent signings are generally contingent on a player passing a physical, which would require him to fly to a team facility and meet in person with the team medical staff, at a time when Americans are being advised not to travel. And big-name free agent signings are usually accompanied with great fanfare, press conferences and publicity events. That absolutely can’t happen in the current environment.

There’s also the issue of optics, as the NFL may look out of touch if it’s announcing lucrative contracts at a time when the American economy is taking a massive hit and ordinary Americans are suffering.

So the league will have a tough decision on its hands about how to proceed, and not much time to make that decision.

11 responses to “Reports: Team executives expect league year to start on time

  1. Doesn’t matter when someone announces $100M Deals…..the optics are the same. We understand they get lots of $$$$$$.

    No need to hide or push it back.

  2. Optics should not be an issue. Its only an angle you keep bringing up.

    Life goes on. The NFL should. The way this thing has shaken up the world is ridiculous enough. Guys should be able to sign a contract if they want to.

  3. If ‘optics’ was truly an issue, the NFL would have a clearer definition of what constitutes a catch…

  4. What?? No….they must cancel everything and pay all future stadium personnel double.

  5. The new CBA passed today by a vote of 1019 to 959. This proves that what I posted earlier today is true — it wasn’t just the 20% PFT said it was who were against this contract.
    I think it’s one of the stupidest deals the players could have agreed to. And I also think the NFL’s new stance on drugs was a huge factor in it passing. We all know the majority of these players use marijuana and other drugs.
    Going to 17 games shows me that neither the NFL nor the players themselves care about the health aspects of the NFL, just as I said. All they care about is the money. If the owners offered them more money to play with razor blades sticking out of their helmets, the players would take it.
    I officially don’t want to hear anything more from the players about injuries. Shut up and play the game or quit. You and your fellow players accepted this extra game and you accept playing games in other countries, too, so just shut up and play the game. In 10 or 20 years, I won’t shed any tears for any of you when you are physically broken down or even dead, either. It’s your choice and when you had a chance to say enough is enough, you didn’t take it. Take your millions and understand that it’s all on you.

  6. “ordinary Americans are suffering.” out of 330 million ppl, 3600 have the virus. That’s .001% of the population. That means 99.999% are not suffering. Pretty sure it would say a lot more about you, then it would the NFL, if you had an issue with the league signing some players to some contracts.

  7. Let me get this straight. The nfl been saying for weeks that the show will go on and now just mere hours before legal tampering starts you’re saying that the show might actually go on? Incredible it’s almost like the media was manufacturing the story of a delay the entire time.

  8. dean7979 says:
    March 15, 2020 at 5:37 pm
    “ordinary Americans are suffering.” out of 330 million ppl, 3600 have the virus. That’s .001% of the population. That means 99.999% are not suffering. Pretty sure it would say a lot more about you, then it would the NFL, if you had an issue with the league signing some players to some contracts.
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