While fans and players alike are waiting to see when a new CBA is going to be agreed upon to end this way to long lockout, there’s a thought process in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that free agency, something we all have been waiting for, is going to start on July 18th when players can re-sign, and then on July 20th the market will open and players can ink where they see fit.
Judge Susan Richard Nelson ordered an end to the lockout in April, but the NFL appealed that decision. The Eighth Circuit granted the owners appeal, but both sides were urged to come to an agreement without the court’s involvement. Joel Turner, who represents Steelers safety Ryan Clark, said he was told by a person familiar with the negotiations that the goal is for the deal to be official by July 15. He also said it is his understanding that the free agency period would begin July 18, with a 48-hour signing period for undrafted free agents to follow. Then veteran free agents would go on the market July 20. “It’s going to be wild,” Turner said. “That’s going to leave only 5-7 days before most teams report to camp.”