"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 league said in a statement.
The announcement came down from NFL vice president of communications and public affairs Joe Brown seven hours before the scheduled start of free agency.
Scout.com will have more on the ramifications of this as the details emerge.