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Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 4:33 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED 4:32 p.m. ET: From the Twitter account of NFL spokesman Greg Aiello:

"Re: reports that if forced by courts to operate w/o consent of players, rules for 2011 could be different than 2010 rules: here is our reax: Our goal has at all times been the same – to operate under a negotiated set of procedures that are agreed to by the clubs and NFLPA. The current litigation has created a significant amount of uncertainty and we are therefore considering a wide range of alternatives depending on developments."

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Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reports that the NFL is working on free agency rules for the 2011 season that “would be very different from 2010.”

As Kaplan writes on Twitter, though, no decision has been made to go forward with those potential new rules. And if the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals does not overturn Judge Susan Nelson’s lockout injunction, the NFL still could choose to revert to the 2010 rules if and when it has to begin the 2011 calendar season.

The biggest difference in the 2010 free agency rules was that a player had to wait until after his sixth year before he became an unrestricted free agent (as opposed to after four years in the previous salary-capped seasons). For players who had four accrued seasons after 2009 and would normally have become unrestricted free agents, a reversion to the 2010 rules for 2011 would be the second-straight season they would be restricted in their free agency.

As the NY Times reports, the ending of the lockout also could allow the NFL to create more stringent drug testing rules, because there would be no union to stop it.

Roger Goodell already is on record as saying he wanted blood testing for human growth hormone, and this might be a good opportunity for him to do it (even though many players would vehemently disagree with that decision - unfortunately for them, they have no union to negotiate on their behalf).

“Our thought has been we have always been looking to make our program as effective as it can be,” an unnamed N.F.L. executive told the Times. “There have been some things, H.G.H. is one of them, that the union has resisted. When we get to the point where there is not a party involved, maybe we should consider what we consider important to keep pace with science and trends.”

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Since: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

Our species is progressing? Biggest bull I've ever heard. Ever since we've been around, more diseases and immunities to medications have come up. Yes, we may have found more ways to make medicine, but we did not create them. Our bodies are creating ways to fail, and we can do nothing to bring them back up once they do.  We cannot create anything in this world- we can only discover what has been here, and once what has been discovered is destroyed, it is unable to be replicated if the tools to do such a thing are gone. 


El Cabayo
Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:48 pm
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Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

Yes there is an HGH test, it is a blood test.



Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

Is there a terst for HGH? Or is Goodell just blowing smoke again, like the 18 game season? I know of nobody that wants an 18 game season. I haven't heard who these 70+ players counter suing the league are/were (recall that story before the draft?). I begin to wonder if the NFL brass is up to something, trying to control the PR machine... The more I hear, the more I side with the players - BUT I am for reduced rookie wages. I'm OK (in favor of) drug & HGH testing, but again - is there such a test?



Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

nobody cares where or when you played football.............shut up



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

I played football in college and while there were people taking steroids there were plnety that were not. Steroids is a short cut. If you dedicate time in the gym and cardio these guys do grow to what you are seeing today. To me its not the size its the dedication. People want the quick fix today or to get an edge anyway they can. As far as athletes today vs the 80's. No comparasion. People today are bigger, faster and stronger than the 80's. Its natural progression of the species. Another 31 years from now we will be saying the same thing.



Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

Those 80s football players were better athletes than these fat, potbellied guys taking up space today.

You obviously don't know football, troll.

Football players today are much more lean than their 80s bretheren thanks to HGH and other top notch synthetics. 



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

Those 80s football players were better athletes than these fat, potbellied guys taking up space today. Bigger, or in this case, fatter, doesn't always mean better. Teams routinely lie about their sizes. They list linemen at 325 when they haven't been 325 sine the 10th grade.  



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

Getting HGH out of football will be like getting corruption oout of politics.  Possible, not likely.  Also, this is one sport that people don't mind seeing muscle heads battle it out and try to tear each other apart.  I'm all for banning HGH from Curling and ice skating.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

Uh oh...no more HGH...I guess we can expect the NFL to go back to players being the size of 80's era football. Damn steroids are what gets most of these huge guys big in college.


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