Armageddon 2011: Why Friday Could Spell Trouble for the NFL
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In what has been some of the busiest days in NFL history, the best (or maybe the worst) is yet to come. Free agents, up to this point, have not been allowed to sign contracts with new teams meaning, in essence, that nothing has been validated yet.
There are rumors of players agreeing to terms with particular teams, but those will remain rumors until pen meets paper Friday afternoon.
While this may not seem like a major concern consider this: players have not been allowed to visit team facilities outside of those that they were associated with at the end of the 2010 season. What that means is that on 6 p.m. ET, Friday, players will be swamping team facilities looking to land a new contract.
Holdouts will be shopping around for bigger contracts while others will simply be looking to make it on a roster.
With most training camps already in full swing, players will have little-to-no-time in which they can haggle new deals. Teams will be looking to fill their rosters and players will be looking for a paycheck. This has both positive and negative connotations.
Big-name players such as Nnamdi Asomugha, Roy Williams or Braylon Edwards should have no problem finding a possible suitor on such short notice. However, for the players who are not considered to be "big ticket" names, they could find themselves sold short as time runs down before the season begins.
Additionally, teams will be signing their newest additions that they acquired via the draft and may have to free up cap space in order to accommodate all of their new players. This, in turn, could send more players into the free agent market, create a sort of NFL market crash.
Thus far, things in the NFL have been moving in a sort of "organized chaos," but come Friday afternoon, look for players to be making moves in a very short amount of time.
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