The last 36 hours have been pretty crazy in the NFL world, and we still have a ton of confusion whether teams can negotiate with free agents and whether teams can allow players to work out in their facilities.
The only team that actually allowed players to work out was the Giants – most clubs allowed players in the building but that was about it. But it’s still unclear (and the opinions vary wildly depending mostly on whether you’re a plaintiff or a defendant in the Brady v NFL case) if the NFL is truly open for business.
The NFLPA is trying end the speculation, and according to NFL.com has told agents to begin negotiating with teams for their free agents, even though the NFL hasn’t started the clock on the 2011 season.
From the article:
The letter states that "unless or until" U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson issues a stay of her ruling to end the NFL-imposed lockout, as the league has asked, the NFLPA believes business should begin now. If a player's contract has expired, the letter states "class counsel believes that you and your agent can start negotiating."During a conference call Tuesday, NFL attorney Jeff Pash was asked what kind of rules would be in place if the court decides not to issue a stay.
The letter, which provides a primer and a question-and-answer segment about the latest developments in the courts, goes on to state that if a team "refuses" to cooperate in negotiations with a free agent, "you should contact class counsel immediately." The letter also provides appropriate contact information.
That didn’t stop agent agent David Canter from making phone calls. He told CBSSports.com that he contacted seven organizations, and the general consensus was they couldn’t negotiate because "we don't know what rules we are functioning under.”
The league right now is in absolute chaos, and if Nelson doesn’t grant a stay to the owners, things will get very interesting very quickly.
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