When one of the weirdest days in NFL history dawned Thursday morning, it seemed like the NFL might have to begin the league year. But the league told its clubs to keep on keeping on with the current — read: lockout — set of rules until otherwise notified.
It was presumed that the NFL might cave and open up in order to avoid any potential contempt of court or collusion charges from the players, but they’re going to roll with the status quo for now.
“Clubs were notified last night they should continue to follow the current rules and practices until otherwise advised by our office,” Aiello said, per Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
This puts the NFL in a curious position. Their plan is to wait for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on Judge Nelson’s lockout lifting, which might work out fine for them … if the Court of Appeals agrees with the NFL. (Many people, myself included, believe they will.)
If the Eighth Circuit doesn’t agree with the NFL, then they will face some potentially disastrous charges — collusion, contempt of court? — in relation to the Brady v. NFL antitrust case.
In the meantime, however, it probably means that you will not see any free agent signings. And you will not see any trades of players on draft day. And you will not see any signings of unrestricted free agents.