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NFL Free Agency: Could It Start at Midnight?

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the sidelines during the closing minutes of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Jason KarlAnalyst IIIMarch 11, 2011

Huh?

Free agency transactions were supposed to be frozen without the deal of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. With the NFLPA and the owners not reaching an agreement by the deadline today, the chance of signing a certain Raider cornerback seems unlikely.

According to Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com, the league could be preparing for the possibility of free agency.

Florio cites a source, saying the league is "bracing for the possibility of a ruling from Judge David Doty that would force the doors to remain open, compelling the league to allow player movement and trades as soon as 12:01 AM Saturday."

This could be a very peculiar and interesting situation for all 32 teams.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted, "Still many unanswered questions, but some teams have been told that the soonest free agency possibly could start early next week."

Schefter is one of the most respected men in the reporting field, and is usually dead-on with his predictions. He later re-tweeted though, "In this time of uncertainty, with many questions, being told a more likely free-agent start is at least a month away, quite possibly more."

Though that is less encouraging, who knows what will happen with free agency and the future of the NFL.

Maybe free agency could start next week. Maybe it could start in a few months. Maybe it could even start in a couple of hours.

The Eagles should be ready to pounce on the opportunity and make solid decisions in free agency, if there is one.

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