Posted by Will Brinson
The NFL without a players' union could end up being a little zany (we already know there aren't going to be any agent regulations). People aren't exactly sure what will happen in the coming months, and free agency is completely unknown.
But according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the league is preparing to act as if free agency will begin at midnight on Saturday. (Yes, as in about six hours.)
Florio cites a "high-level source with one team" in providing this info, and, frankly, it's entirely possible.
Witness what players' lawyer Jeff Kessler said, relating to the NFL's need to either a) lock the players out or b) impose the last set of offered rules and begin the year.
"There's no limbo anymore," he said.
If Judge David Doty blocks a lockout (that hasn't happened yet, but apparently must happen by midnight) and keeps the doors open for the NFL, or if the NFL decides not to lockout the players, well, it's business as "usual."
Which means that teams could begin signing and trading players pretty right away.
If that happens, it could be absolute pandemonium, which seems about right given the way the rest of the NFL's offseason is likely to unfold.
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