After a Ryan Cook-like number of false starts and endless reams of Twitter speculation and beat writer guesswork we finally have a fairly concrete view of the post-lockout timeline as regards free agent signings and camp openings and such. I say “fairly” because for all I know this could change between now and the time I click publish. Maybe I should hurry.
Okay here’s what we have, in handy table form:
- Tuesday – Teams can trade players and sign rookies. UFAs free to begin negotiating with teams.
- Wednesday – Team facilities open. This does not mean camps open. It means team facilities open. Note the difference.
- Thursday – Waivers begin at 3 PM CT. Prominent Vikings who could be cut starting then include Bernard Berrian, Madieu Williams, Anthony Herrera and Greg Camarillo.
- Friday – UFAs can begin signing with teams. 5 PM CT will be the official start of the free agency stampede. Sidney Rice will probably be an ex-Viking by say sevenish.
- Weekend – Camps open.
An additional note on the free agency timeline: There will be no exclusive window for teams to sign their own free agents. You remember all those weeks of discussion about Sidney Rice that included talk of the 72-hour window? That’s, um, out the window.
And now we wait for someone to come along and inform us this is all wrong. Happy post-lockout week fans!