An email from player rep Drew Brees to some of the other players has been leaked. Pro Football Talk posted the email this morning and it looks like Free Agency starts on Tuesday. This will be the most exciting Free Agency period in the history of professional sports. Expect Tuesday morning to look like an old west land rush as teams try to fill skill positions and replace injured players.
Here’s the full text of the message. “As has been the case with this entire process, it looks like the details and schedule has changed for training camp and free agency,” Brees writes. “This is the latest although I cannot confirm anything at this point. I just want to make you aware as to what is being discussed so nothing catches you by surprise.
“Free Agency – It now looks like free agency will begin at noon on Tuesday and it will be open free agency. There will be no 3 day grace period for teams to sign their own players. It will be open for anyone to sign anywhere.
“Training Camp – It looks like the NFL is trying to force teams into camp on time. This would move us to a report date of Thursday, July 28. We would have physicals, conditioning, and meetings on this day. The day before would be a travel day and the hotel would be open that night for guys to check in as well as physicals but nothing mandatory until Thursday.
“I will keep you updated with the latest information. Unfortunately, it tends to change very quickly. Just stay prepared for anything.”
On Thursday training camp will start. You can expect any injuries that occurred during the player sponsored camps/offseason to rear their ugly head on Friday. While this will make it harder for coaches to know their needs on Tuesday, it should generate a flurry of rookie free agent signings Saturday – Monday.
Are you ready for some football?