As my peer Charles Costello previously stated, the end to the lockout seems to be on the horizon.
According to an article released earlier today by Todd Porter of Cantonrep.com all signs point towards the annual Hall of Fame game being played on August 7th. So far that is the clearest sign that the lockout may be coming to an end.
Porter quoted Hall of Fame executive director Stephen Perry saying, “We’re seeing the same (optimism) everyone else is seeing. There’s not any other detailed information, but that’s what we’re hearing.”
The NFL’s public relations department also tweeted that they were drafting a formal agreement today and were sharing it with the player’s association. This is great news for both the NFL and fans alike, but some questions remain.
How will the NFL handle free agency? Let’s say that the new CBA is ready by the 20th of July, where would all of the free agents report? It may lead to a very hectic 2 weeks for teams, such as the Giants, who may have up to 20 unrestricted free agents because of the terms of the new CBA.
Trying to acquire other free agents and undrafted rookies will also cause a stir for all of the NFL teams. Training camp will most likely be crowded and rushed with the shuffling of new talent.
Players will likely receive inflated deals due to the short free agency period and biding wars between teams will be taken to new heights. Also the longer players sit waiting for the "best" offer the more they will limit their immediate impact. Not to mention the teams will scramble to fill their rosters so that they can be prepared for the first set of preseason games. The NFL in short will be in a state of chaos.
That entertainment will more than make up for the hiatus the NFL has taken this offseason.
You can read Porter’s full article regarding the Hall of Fame game below: