The league’s timeline to kick off free agency and training camps has been adjusted, according to a high-ranking source. The procession of events, which awaited an NFL Players Association approval:
• Monday: Teams can sign their own free agents and begin talking with other unrestricted free agents. Teams can also begin talking trades. Any trades would become official Saturday. • Tuesday: Teams can begin signing unrestricted free agents at noon ET but those contracts would not take effect until next Tuesday. • Wednesday: Ten teams would report to training camps, begining a staggered schedule. • Thursday: Ten more teams would report to training camps. • Friday: Ten more teams would report to training camps. • Sunday: The Jets and Texans would be the last two teams to report.
Peter King has returned to SI to bring us details on the end of the NFL lockout as well as free agency, injury protection money, no restricted free agency, and 10 years of labor peace is not true at all! We could revisit this scenario in 6 years!
So what have we learned through the last 4-5 months about the players and the owners?
What I have learned is the players lost.
Yes some you were all right the union caved like a house of cards under the owner’s demands. And it looks like the players are about to trade in the one card they could play against the owners. The courts.
Instead of having the courts listen to the arguments of why the owners are in antitrust violation the union will now only be able to be heard by a three judge panel.
The last time the union was heard by a three judge panel they lost (8th circuit court of appeals) and lost big. Striking down Judge Susan Nelson victory for the players in one strong blow.
The players have also given up revenue in the Legacy Fund (this is new) since now the owners will not be contributing at all.
The players have also given up with a rookie wage scale which will place these players in a 4 year stand still to negotiate a new contract. But the real crime is these players will make the average of the players at their position. Even though they could be a top or best overall performer they will be stuck for four years unless the team makes an offer in restricted free agency. I see some good players losing big to injury here.
But imposed with this new revenue is also the cloud of an uncertainty that the 18 game season is coming soon.
But through all these losses the players have taken none is as great as the loss for some of the fantasy football companies. Companies that relied on this time of year to create revenue and increase their brand. The owners have hurt these companies without even so much as a consideration of a glance in their direction.
But I suppose we should all be grateful that the owners ended the lockout and we all have football. But think of this before you get set to open camp and cheer for your team.
The players are the ones who conceded in the end not the owners. The owners were willing to take a year of football away from us and say they were doing it for ‘our’ own good.
I say thanks to the players and to the owners please do not do me any favors for ‘my own good’ ever again.
Takeo Spikes, “I was pissed because we’re not gonna fall subject to somebody saying this is the timeline,”
Takeo Spike was ESPN Radio and let it be know that the NFL owners made a power play.
Spikes, “Straight power move by the owners and we thought it was disrespectful. Then I think the last thing was the fact that you were going to tell us when we had to recertify to become a union and do it by this date? Come on man. We can’t do that. We can’t do that. We’re gonna do our due diligence. We owe that to not only to a few players but we owe that to the entire body of players and the fans to make sure the product stays what it is.”
The staff at ProFootballWeekly (subcribe) has done a great job sticking to the facts and not jumping on the 'lockout will end' parade that many others in sports media fell for including PFT, ESPN, and CBSsports.
Rex Ryan Head Coach of the New York Jets, "ProFootballWeekly does provide ‘The Best Coverage in the NFL.’ it is and always will be must reading for me."
The Fantasy Football Informer takes to Chicago’s AM 670 WSCR The Score to tell the truth about the NFL Lockout!
I was listening to the radio Thursday and was about to lose my cool listening to fan after fan call in and say the NFL players are to blame for the NFL lockout. So I jumped on the horn to inform those fans of the facts!
SI.com Peter King explains what happened yesterday when the NFL lockout appeared to be over. Only to have the reality of the NFL players saying we have not agreed to anything that was ratified by the NFL owners on Thursday.
ESPN Radio Dallas Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant talks about football for a change. I would like to formally apologize to Ben Rogers who is a first class guy. Ben I assumed and made an ass of myself instead of digging deeper.
ProFootballWeekly.com As NFL owners meet today to ratify the new NFL CBA will the owners have the same infighting that is occurring in former NFLPA? Or will Roger Goodell have all the NFL owners in line ready to pass this CBA in one single motion.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, “"I’m optimistic we’ll get their approval, hopefully today." Notice he said hopefully.
ProFootballWeekly.com breaks down some key players in your fantasy football draft that are currently NFL free agents. They break them down by position and value on draft charts. Very good stuff for fantasy football fans!
Retired players are suing the NFL for a 1994 study that claimed "no evidence of
worsening injury or chronic cumulative effects” due to concussion. The study was commissioned by the NFL’s Committee on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and the results are in serious conflict with those that have been done recently.
John Harbaugh on the draft day issue with the null trade by the Bears.
“They basically stole two spots from us and that’s not okay. That’s not ethical, it’s not right and I personally agree with our owner, Steve Bisciotti, that they should’ve been held accountable for it. But it is what it is and they didn’t do anything illegal so, we were just disappointed with them.”
Jim Harbaugh on the who will start for the 49ers?
“We don’t know who our best players are yet, to be honest with you, Tom (Waddle). That’s what practices will be for and who’s practicing and playing those preseason games the best, those guys will get the starting positions.”
ProFootballWeekly.com is reporting that the reports that Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and others players named were seeking to personally benefit rather then simply settle the “Brady vs the NFL” suite are not true.
“I want no special perks. My job is to get a fair deal for all players, and I am proud to represent them all - past, present and future I hesitate to even dignify the false media reports with a response, but obviously they are leading people astray.”