There’s negotiations with draft choices and contacting and negotiating with undrafted free agents, who might be in better bargaining position that sixth and seventh-round draft selections. There’s looking at free agents around the league while keeping tabs on the free agents currently on the roster. Who might leave, who might want to stay with the right deal?
There used to be weeks for this to happen. But much of it will be done in hours, all the while the team has to open its facilities and get ready for training camp. And therein lay a bunch more issues—who’s healthy, and who still needs rehab time?
Last week teams could not have any contact with players. This week, they must make plans for as many as 90 players to walk into camp within four or five days. Granted, some of those 90 are signed, but many are not. Some free agents, it seems, might not find their way onto a team until right before the first week of the regular season.
In the next two or three weeks front office personnel will live with a cell phone on their ears. Neck massages should be mandatory.
From the dispiriting lockout to the euphoria that comes with the news that it is over (and better yet, a deal that appears will last 10 years!), the condensed time frame for filling out the roster will be a chaotic time. Here are the six biggest in-house questions the San Francisco 49ers Must Address in 2011.