Before social media, the first day of the NFL free agency period – the time when those that are no longer under contract with their previous team could seek a contract elsewhere, used to be a holiday within the NFL calendar. A Super Bowl of the offseason, if you will. Once the clock struck the hour that the players could sign elsewhere, the surprises came, the rumors flowed, and fan bases were fully engaged in their favorite football organizations – six months prior to the season!
Tomorrow is the first day of the 2015 NFL free agency period, but it feels like there are many less surprises than in previous years, largely in part due to social media. While the players can’t officially sign until tomorrow, a large number of the highly acclaimed free agents have basically committed to contracts and the major sports media outlets – namely @NFL, have been quick to share these updates with everyone. While I understand that it’s their job to report on these types of things and if they don’t someone else will, it’s a shame that it’s come to this.
Here are a few examples of the biggest names in the NFL that have committed elsewhere prior to the first day of the signing period:
Sorry Eagles fans (myself included), but Chip Kelly will have to find a new #1 wide receiver for the 2015 season.
This could soften the blow of Maclin, however!
This safety is staying with the Super Bowl champions.
While there are still a few names out there that have not yet decided their fate in a public setting, they seem to be far and few between. While I do enjoy following the madness, I find the unpredictability to be less enjoyable when its spread out as compared to the old “first day of free agency.”