Because of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) impasse this past offseason, the NFL experienced its wildest free agent frenzy of all-time. In effect, teams, players and player agents literally had three or four days to do what they normally do over the course of a couple months.
But because of a rule in the new CBA, the free agent frenzy will come to a sudden hault this week, even as all 32 training camps will have begun by Sunday evening.
The rule in the CBA prohibits players who sign new contracts from practicing with their teams until the start of the new league year, which is Thursday, August 4th. This rule even applies to a free agent who re-signs with his team and it applies to many players who were traded this offseason, including Vikings QB Donovan McNabb.
The good news is these players who are not allowed to practice until August 4 can take part in other team activities, such as position meetings. So while they won’t be on the field for a few days, they’ll still be in meetings and around the team at one of the most important parts of the season.
The rule does not apply to draft picks and undrafted rookie free agents, so those players will be able to practice as soon as their camps open.
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