NFL's Post-Lockout Free Agent Frenzy: Good or Bad?

Anthony GiudiceContributor IIIJuly 28, 2011

The NFL lockout took a very long time to finally come to an end. Players and owners took their time hashing out all the little details until both sides were completely happy with the agreement and able get back to the game that we all love, football.

Once the lockout was lifted, it was as if the floodgates had opened and thousands of players were on the move. Unsigned draft picks, restricted and unrestricted free agents all had to find spots on teams before the season began.

Within the last two days, some big names have been on the move. It has been reported that Reggie Bush has agreed to a deal with the Miami Dolphins and Donovan McNabb was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, while former Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice inked a deal with the Seattle Seahawks, along with others.

Now the question arises: could this free agent frenzy actually be a bad thing for football?

The obvious answer would be an emphatic, "YES!"

It has to be detrimental for all the players who only in these last few days have traveled to their team camps to begin to work with their trainers. Starting workouts and reps, and learning the playbook with their fellow teammates this late in the calendar year must be difficult. Just imagine how the rookies and newly acquired players must feel, learning a whole new system in just a few short months before the season gets underway.

But for the fans, I think this is actually a good thing.

I'm not sure what it is exactly, but this free agent frenzy is very fun. Maybe it is the euphoria that the lockout is finally over and that we are going to have football this year, but I haven't been this excited during a football offseason in... ever.

With all these big names on the free agent market, and such a small amount of time for teams to snag them, it has made for a very fun-filled few days. I've been checking ESPN almost on a constant basis, waiting to see what the next big move is going to be.

This got me thinking, "Why not do this every year?" And I'm not saying that there should be a lockout every year, but maybe free agents shouldn't be able to talk to teams for a certain period of time. Certainly not as long as it has taken this year, but just hold off a little bit. It will certainly make the free agent signing period a lot more fun.

But that's just my opinion. What do you all think? Do you think this free agent frenzy has been good or bad for the players and fans alike?