The NBA and NHL seasons are now officially over, which can mean only one thing:
The 2013 NFL season is right around the corner.
This it terrific news for the casual football fan. The annual Hall of Fame game is barely five weeks away, and months of excruciating boredom are nearly at an end. Pretty soon, it will be time to break out those throwback jerseys and sit down for some authentic NFL action.
For the diehard football fan, however, the offseason is not something to suffer through, but an annual event worth embracing.
It is a time of optimism, where every team appears to be on equal footing. It is also a time of excitement, as each franchise navigates through free agency, the NFL draft and training camps, hoping to gain an edge for the season ahead.
There is a reason why major media coverage of free agency and the draft process rivals the postseason coverage of some other sports.
For those passionate fans who eat, breathe and live football, the offseason is really one of the most important times of the entire calendar year. Not convinced?
Well, here are seven reasons why the NFL offseason matters a lot more than you might think.