Fear of "Bloody Thursday" Delays Free Agency

The NFL has decided to delay free agency until Monday to avoid "Bloody Thursday." Delay could conceivably also give time to restart talks.


The NFL announced late Thursday afternoon that it is extending its deadline for free agency by three days to delay a possible purge of high-priced players from team rosters.

The announcement came down from NFL vice president of communications and public affairs Joe Brown seven hours before the scheduled start of free agency.

"The NFL and the NFL Players Association have agreed to extend the start of the 2006 league year for 72 hours -- until 12:01 a.m. ET, Monday, March 6 -- in order to provide time to resume negotiations. The league year had been set to begin at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, March 3," the NFL said in a statement.

As of early Thursday evening, reports were circulating that players waived on Thursday might be able to be recalled. Teams have until 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday to get in compliance with the salary cap. Scout.com will have more on the ramifications of this as the details emerge.



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