Multiple team officials are skeptical that the NFL will be able to start its league year next week, expressing doubt to ESPN’s Adam Schefter given the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the country and the typical in-person visits, including physicals, that would have to happen as part of free agency.
It’s a situation that is drawing a variety of opinions across the league.
Some told Schefter that they believe the NFL is waiting for voting results from the NFL Players Association on the proposed collective bargaining agreement to announce its next step, in hopes of avoiding a third delay to the players’ CBA decision.
The vote is scheduled to end Saturday at 11:59 p.m. ET, with a simple majority needed to pass.
But the NFL continues to say it’s business as usual and that the new league year will start at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday as planned, with legal tampering for free agents set to begin at noon ET Monday.
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NFL continues to say it’s business as usual and new league will start this week.
Multiple team officials express widespread skepticism that the NFL can start its league year this week, when our country is in crisis and so much – travel, visits, physicals – would have to happen.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2020
Naturally fans reacted:
With all due respect to the NFL, the league and many of their teams have been completely tone deaf to what’s going on. Just bc they don’t have games imminently scheduled doesn’t mean they’re not going to be affected. They need to shut down now until things stabilize.
— Bill (@the_real_bz) March 14, 2020
Notice how the NFL and UFC (both publically supported by Trump) remain untouched.
— Pat Stewart (@realpatstewart) March 14, 2020
Just start the league year it isn’t this deep
— Jordan (@redskinstoday_) March 14, 2020
Really, I’d be shocked if free agency starts this week. I think besides the logistics, the NFL has to understand the optics of players signing $100M deals while people are struggling to work, take care of children and even buy toilet paper.
— Matt Pomeroy (@MattPomPom) March 14, 2020
Would this mean more waiting to see what happens with Tom Brady?
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