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Free Agency Period Will be Crazy When it Starts

After months of stalemate, we could be in for a whopping good time as soon as the new CBA is finalized.

Steve Wyche of predicts that the free agency signing period will be a frenzy that resembles the rush of a midnight opening of an electronics store when the newest high-tech gadget becomes available. “It’s going to be insane,” predicts a prominent agent who has several highly sought after players.

If a deal is consummated by mid-July, teams would likely be able to sign, cut, and trade players within a week. And all the wheeling and dealing would need to be completed before training camps open in late July or early August. The immediate frenzy to sign free agent could be like nothing the NFL has ever seen before. Though no terms have been finalized for free agency, team personnel and agents anticipate that players whose contracts have expired and have four years or more experience will become unrestricted free agents. That could mean close to 500 players will be available once a deal is struck, according to a player representative.

Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Chargers running back Darren Sproles, wide receivers Sidney Rice, Santonio Holmes, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss and Braylon Edwards, 49ers defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin and defensive ends Ray Edwards and Charles Johnson are among the high-profile free agents who could be on the open market.

There could be hundreds more restricted free agents, including those with “franchise tags,” like Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson. And dozens of players currently on rosters also could join the ranks of desired free agents. Quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Vince Young, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, running back Marion Barber and offensive tackle Marc Colombo are among several veterans who could be released and out of work.

Another aspect that could add to the rabid pace of free agency is the number of teams who will dive head in, according to a team official and an agent. Typically, the majority of teams wait a few weeks for the initial wave of free agency to settle down and the expense of the first-wave of free agency to level off.

“They won’t have time for that luxury,” a league source said. “Those teams are going to be right there from the beginning just like everyone else.”

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3 Responses to “Free Agency Period Will be Crazy When it Starts”

  1. Rob says:

    Because of the shorter time frame and because of the supposed no-contact, fewer visits/workouts to gather information on players will be possible. Some of the A-listers might move around because their current team feels they can’t afford them and some of the D-listers might move around because their current team doesn’t want them but the C-listers & D-listers will probably stay where they are if their current team wants them.

  2. big g says:

    what are a-listers

  3. Rob says:

    Nnamdi Asomugha is probably the only player I’d put in that category this year. And I meant B and C listers as the tier whose current team has a market advantage this year.

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