NFL May Delay Official Approval of Free-Agent Deals

The league year doesn't officially begin until Wednesday afternoon

NFL May Not Approve Free Agent Deals
Philip Rivers signed with the Colts as a free agent. (David Eulitt/Getty)
By Evan Bleier / March 18, 2020 9:49 am

According to The Associated Press, the NFL may delay the official approval of all the free-agent deals which have been made over the last two days.

When the league year officially begins this afternoon, the NFL may not confirm any of the contracts that have been agreed to because players have not been physically able to travel to put pen to paper and sign contracts. Per league policy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, players and team personnel have not been able to travel, and the process by which physicals are conducted has also been disrupted.

“Dozens of agreements have been reached Monday and Tuesday in what’s known as the approved tampering period,” according to The AP. “Players’ representatives have been allowed to negotiate with teams, though nothing official can be done until 4 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. Now, that could be delayed.”

While it doesn’t appear likely delaying the approval of deals will mean any of them won’t become official, that is always a possibility. That said, Patriots fans shouldn’t expect Tom Brady will be headed back to New England and New Orleans fans shouldn’t be worried that Drew Brees will suddenly be back on the free-agency market.

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