The NFL has officially confirmed that the 2020 league year will open on time.
- 11:59:59 a.m. ET tomorrow: Franchise/transition tag deadline
- Noon tomorrow: Negotiating window opens
- 4 p.m. Wednesday: New league year begins
Adam Schefter reports that multiple people around the NFL now anticipate the league year will not be moved and will start on time.
Schefter says that conversations are still ongoing at this time and could still change, but there is now “a different tone from teams as if it is happening now.”
Dan Graziano mentions that some of the reasons why free agency may not be moved include:
- Free agency isn’t a spectator event with large crowds.
- Deals can be done without visits.
- What if they push it back two weeks and things get worse?
Legal tampering is set to open on Monday and free agency would get underway on Wednesday if there are no changes.
The NFLPA voted Saturday to ratify the CBA and they later met with the league to discuss plans in terms of how things will play out from here.
Earlier in the week, many seemed to expect the NFL to push things off due to the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the country. However, indications from the past 24 hours or so have pointed to things remaining on schedule for next week.
We’ll have more regarding free agency as the news is available.