ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that his sources have informed him that free agency is more likely to start in few weeks from now and possibly even later than that.
Now that the NFL and the NFLPA have failed to come to an agreement on a new CBA, there are plenty of questions about what comes next for things like free agency and the 2011 season. Because the NFLPA chose to decertify and take the battle to Judge David Doty’s court, it makes both the 2011 season as well as free agency likely to take place.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio writes that a league source informed him that the NFL is “preparing for the possibility that free agency could begin soon.” Florio adds that free agency could start as soon as midnight tonight!
If this ends up being the case, the free agent market will be in overdrive. At least this will bring plenty of clarity to situations like player trades, franchise tags and who qualifies to be an unrestricted free agent.
One thing worth noting is that the NFL will be allowed to decide the rules of free agency which will no doubt impact their league case against the players so you can expect the rules to be similar to the 2009 rules. We’ll have to see how this plays out but it could be chaos come tomorrow morning.