Free Agents Can’t Practice With Teams Until August 4

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 30, 2011 – 5:54 pm

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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48 Responses to “Free Agents Can’t Practice With Teams Until August 4”

  1. By Luke on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I think this is stupid. Once you sign some one they should be able to practice with the team. This better not be for the next 9 years. If so the cba should be redone again. and one other thought with the CBA they took way to long only meeting a couple days a week, they should have meet everyday, Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm. This would have been done sooner.

  2. By CajunViking on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I’m glad they can at least be in meetings but I’m just wondering when the Vikes will start signing draft picks. As far as I know none have been signed yet.

  3. By Old School on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    What Free-Agents….You mean the ones in Philly or New England….or may be in Atlanta!

    All this team did was lose players and settle themselves down to what will be a 4-12 season with a “Choker” of a QB that will have the fans calling for the rookie by game 6 or 7!

  4. By Ham on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    @luke Redoing a CBA because of this would be silly but it’s not an every year thing (normally the new league year is around March). The players reformed the union and now they’re finishing up the CBA issues that can only be negotiated with a union, it has to be done by Thurs. But if it’s ratified before Thurs FAs could practice then, because that’s when the new league year would be.

  5. By David P on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I finally se a post that agrees with what I have been saying. The vikings did very little in the FA market except lose quality players. If the vikings win 4 it will be a miracle.

  6. By Titus on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    The addition of McNabb, along with much of our excellent defense, and a fantastic running back will add up to SuperBowl sooner, rather than later. I cannot wait– get the wings cookin’!

  7. By Titus on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Old School, what a joke– I am convinced you live in Green Bay. Is it snowing yet?

  8. By Jason Michaels on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Emailed you about Ponder in mailbag Mike, RE: Ponder This. Prior to the Draft. My Prediction Panned out. Now I have one more for you: BRING BACK 84
    we need the Depth, He has enough threat potential, He worked his butt off getting in great shape this off season, and most importantly, He is goning to play well this season, especially if he has a QB with talent making his job easier. Randy has expressed an interest in comming back to minnesota recently, and I think a incentive based 1yr contract would be perfect. Would love to hear your thoughts on this in Mailbag Mike.

  9. By Parody on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    We’ve now added 2-WRs and a Defensive Tackle to the team as well as Donnovan McNabb. This leaves our biggest questions at Offensive line, Safety and OLB. I’m inclined to believe that with 2-rookie linemen, and 2 young guys who were drafted last year, along with all of the starting cast from last year and a new OL coach that our offensive line will be much improved.

    Safety might be the biggest concern, but let’s not forget that our head coach is an expert in that position, so if he is content with the guys we have, I must agree that he knows what he’s talking about.

    I’m not too concerned about the OLB position right now, as I think that one of the younger guys like Henderson, Farwell or Onatolu must be ready to step into the position that Ben Leber left open.

  10. By Frederick Jones on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Wake me up when we get that great offensive lineman.
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  11. By Parody on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Check back after the 2012 draft.

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    There, last try….for tonight.

  15. By Stever on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    So why is Ochocinco able to be at practice in New England? Oh that’s right the Pats do whatever they want !

  16. By Shawn on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike Wobschall … we need better updates, the Vikings signed WR Jenkins, RFA Henderson, and rookie TE Rudolph today

    and no mention of anything?

  17. By Mike B on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    LOL I think Fred has a long wait ahead of him.

  18. By Swedish Viking on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings…….Randy Moss is still waiting for your call !!!!!

  19. By Gubber on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    This is all very nice, but what’s going on with Deunta Williams and DeAndre McDaniel. The Vikes need to get on the ball here !!!.


  20. By Matt on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    who else wants to see Randy Moss retire in purple?

  21. By Gubber on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Well, just found out that McDaniel is now a Saint. Congratulations boys … you just missed out on one of the two big undrafted free agents. Maybe you can get it in gear and get Williams !!!


  22. By vikes all day on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    vikings are set to win the north my knoledge lions to young bears cant protect the qb packers lost alot of key players vikes have this and i say packers bears lions suck

  23. By vikes4life on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    @ Old School your a moron if u actually think that. Vikings dont need ignorant fans like you.

  24. By Old School on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Moron? vikes4life…………………………YOUR A SUCKER!!!!!!

    We just lost the only real deep threat we had!
    We just lost Ray Edwards…..who by the way, played on the other side of the D-Line of J. Allen…..WHO HAD A GREAT …..WHAT??????? 4 OR 5 SACK SEASON LAST YEAR!!!!!

    The O-Line hasn’t changed…….got a year older….that’s about it!
    The QB we brought in is a “Choker”……THAT’S PROVEN! AND YOU KNOW MORE THAN MIKE SHANNHAN when it comes to QB’s!!!!!!!! I forgot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh………..we really improved on our “Kick-A#$” secondary of ours too! Because it was already AWESOME!

    Look, without starting all of this name calling stuff…..let’s just agree to disagree!

    I ask you to just look in our own division……we will may be win 1 or 2 games just in the North! If the Vikes win more than 4 or 5 games this season I will come on here and tell you that you were right……..if I’m right you do the same!

    OK?! Same goes for Titus!!!!!! OK?!

  25. By Old School on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    And Titus………by the way…………………….

    I live in Sunny A#$ Florida…………..a bike ride or long walk from the beach……


    You ride a snow-mobile……………..I perfer a Jet-ski’in while looking at barely clothed women! I know what I’m bring’in home………you bring home and…’s like un-wrapping a X-mas present……you have no idea what’s in there!

  26. By MGR4FUN on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    i want to express gr8 appreciation to the men and women of the armed forces of the united states who are enforcing the american way of life that allows each and every one of us americans to hav the freedom of speach and to think and express those thoughts to others no matter how messed up and anti-purple they may be (lol) we all hav the right to our opinion … bleedin purple comes with a certain amount of faith and belief in the fact that the men of the purple front office just might after all hav a plan …

  27. By tsl_tyson on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply


  28. By sandiamond on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    frre-agent updates please….

  29. By Rocksalt on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Old School-
    II share your concerns. We could very well be at the bottom of the NFC. Detroit made serious improvements. Ditto for Chiacgo. Green Bay was decimated early last year with injuries, and looks to be heatlhy and perhaps even better than lastyear, if that is possible.
    I hope we will play as a team, but am concerned about O line, WR, and we will not have the williams wall for 1st 4 weeks.

  30. By Daniel on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    I don`t think Moss will be here now. People need to get used to that. We have a good crew of recievers. Jenkins coming here is big. The Guy has big time value. Great blocker, Great speed, great length. Good deep threat. And look at the rest of what we have. All of our new guys are young, Tall, Fast, and all have a great history from where they come from. Plus we have a strong two TE set. The Moss days are done. The childress (thank God) are done. The Farve days are done. I am looking forward to our new Offence. But we do need Help at Saftey. Look for a big name here shortly. I have a feeling It will be huff or Pollard.

  31. By VikeFan on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    @old school, I have to jump in here and say….. If you think that Mr. Sydney Rice was our deep threat, I have to ask you to clarify. How many 20+ catches did he get in the first game last year? The second? OK, OK how bout the 3rd? Understand, he is a very talented player that WANTS to play for another team. The vikes would have to break the bank for a player that would be HURT. GOOD BYE Mr. Rice I truely do hope well for you. Now Mr. School with out Mr. Rice last year “How would that effect this POOR o’line everyone seems to talk about?

  32. By Mike Wobschall on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, sandiamond and everyone else crabby about the lack of updates – I understand your frustration but please realize that I can’t post anything to the team’s site until physicals are passed and contracts are signed. So while reports about Michael Jenkins, Devin Aromashodu, Erin Henderson, Ryan Longwell, etc. are out there and might be accurate, I can’t comment on them or post them as official until they become official.

  33. By Kody on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    @daniel, I’m hardly excited about Jenkins. He never had more than 800 yards in a season and is not a #1 receiver. Height is not everything, example being Hank Baskett. I would have been happier with Malcom Floyd.

  34. By DRS on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings stadium in Duluth? We have yet to get a ‘no’

    M. George Downs and any other local booster can give you a hundred arguments in favor of a pro sports stadium in Duluth.

    By: Robin Washington, Duluth News Tribune

  35. By DRS on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

  36. By Kelly on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    How is it that the Patriots can have Chad Ochocinco practicing then already? Wasn’t he already dressed and practicing for the Patriots?

  37. By DRS on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Mike W, what is the status of the new stadium?

  38. By DRS on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Mike W, has the stadium issue gotten in the way of signing any free agents?

  39. By DRS on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

  40. By jared on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    we need moss to be in purple and gold again…

  41. By TW VIKE on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Go Eagles!!!!!! We will just sit here with our fingers in our BUTT!!!!

  42. By Shawn on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    haha mike said im being crabby … good stuff mike

  43. By Chi Town Vike on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Will some please go throw an M-80 in the front office. They need a serious wake up call. Sign Braylon already!!!!! We need another WR on top of that also. Floyd maybe? Don’t know if he is still available.. I know Plex signed with the Jets. We missed the bus on that one! Get off your butts and get some receivers! Having just a bunch of #3 and #4 WR’s is not going to get us anywhere near the playoffs! Should we all just give up on the team as the front office did with this free agency???? WTF?

  44. By Chi Town Vike on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    No moss. we can do better with Braylon!!!

  45. By Parody on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike Wobschall – I’d like to question your advertised freedom to post on team activities. Recently you have posted on possible moves the team can make towards acquiring free agents, which has arguably little difference from posting that the team has made a move on a player. I don’t understand why you are not allowed to simply post that a player is in the works, and “pending results of a physical” the team will offer him a contract. This is a blog section overall, which shouldn’t receive the same level of scrutiny on topics as is required from the rest of the site.

  46. By Meekay on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Good question. It certainly appeared that Ocho was already at training camp.

  47. By rob on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply


  48. By LAVike on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Ochocinco can practice because his contract is not a new one — he was dealt to the Pats in a straight trade and the Pats assumed his existing contract. (Same thing for Albert Haynesworth.) In contrast, McNabb was required to rework his contract in order to consummate his trade to the Vikings, so his contract is a new one. That’s why he (along with other vets with new contracts, such as Jenkins, Longwell, Ayodele, Evans, et al.) must wait until the start of the new league year to practice with the team.

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