Yesterday was a great day for football fans in America and it was an especially busy day for the Vikings. Obviously the NFL and NFLPA ratified a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), officially lifting the lockout, but even more than that the Vikings announced that training camp would return to Minnesota State University, Mankato and then later in the day Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier held a press conference.
So what should we expect today?
It’s hard to know exactly what to expect in this unusual post-lockout climate, but there are a few things we can be almost certain about:
– NFL facilities, including Winter Park, will be open for players to stop in for conditioning, training and even any classroom work they might want to get done. So I won’t be surprised at all to see some Vikings players trickle into the facility. If that happens, we’ll be sure to catch up with them and provide you with updates via videos and written content.
– At 9:00 a.m. CT teams can begin the process of signing their draft picks and any undrafted free agents they’d like to bring to training camp. For the Vikings, this is an especially important task because there are 10 draft picks to sign and because VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman indicated on Monday that the team plans to take advantage of the 90-man roster rule (in a normal year teams are permitted only 80-man rosters), which means there will likely be several undrafted free agents the team will bring aboard.
– Also on Tuesday, the trading period begins. I don’t know of any trade rumors tied to the Vikings, but you never know what’s going on behind the scenes and you also never know which teams will call with an idea in mind.
– Finally on Tuesday, teams can begin negotiations with free agents of their own and with free agents from other teams. So watch for plenty of rumors to be flying around about which players will sign with which teams.
That’s about all I can guarantee for now, but I’ll be sure to chime in as today rolls on. Feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below this entry to let us know what you want to talk about.
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