Mortensen and Schefter: “Sides eye July 21 ratification”

Obviously, Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen are heavyweights in the “breaking news” department, so when you see them team up on something like this, you take it very seriously (EDIT – Or at least I take it seriously – It appears that the overwhelming reaction is one of skepticism).  Schefter and Mortensen even go as far as to speculate on what the new offseason calendar will look like:

Here is how the outlined plan for a July 1 deal could be adjusted for a potential July 21 deal with what would be the corresponding dates, according to sources familiar with the document, which many teams in the league have not yet seen:

• July 1 (July 21): Educate the clubs on the news league rules and allow voluntary training for teams and agents.

• July 5 (July 25): Sign undrafted rookies, as well as give free agents a chance to re-sign with their teams.

• July 8 (July 28) — League year starts and free agency begins.

• July 13 (Aug. 2) — Rosters must be set at 90 players.

• July 14 (Aug. 3) — Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

• July 18 (Aug. 7 ) — A four-day match period for teams to match restricted free-agent offer sheets.

• July 23 (Aug 12) — Deadline for rookies to sign contracts (not yet agreed upon).

• July 27 (Aug. 16) — Signing period for restricted free agents ends, as does the signing period for franchise and transition tenders.

• Aug. 9 (Aug. 29) — Deadline for players to report to earned credit for an accrued season toward free agency.

Whether you’re a Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, or Redskins fan, this is obviously great news for everybody (EDIT – Again, if you’re as big of a believer in Adam and Mort as I am).  Let’s hope they’re right.


  1. […] A little more than a week ago, Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that each side eyed a July 21st ratification (we’ve since learned that the players’ side had no such timetable).  Mort and Schefter […]

  2. plektor says:

    How could they know ?

    I mean there’s no way to say in the morning if it will be sign on the day, so a week before ?

  3. Jalarsen1 says:

    I don’t buy it. Not for one second. Since the lockout started news has leaked about an imminent end, and…nothing. I think news is leaking simply to keep our interest. They’ll solve this crap when, and only when they absolutely need to and their backs are against the wall. That scenario is quickly approaching, so maybe there’s something to this July 21st thing, but it was just July 15th yesterday…

    1. Unfortunately, you’re probably right.

  4. Southern Eagle says:

    It seems to me like this would make the hall of fame game highly unlikely.

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