First, there was the inevitable. The union decertified, creating a group of trade workers able to file an antitrust lawsuit blocking a lockout.
Now comes the unpredictable. We know that collective bargaining was an epic failure, and that once the vow of silence lifted, no one was silent. We can make an educated guess as to what comes next–the league locking out the players, and the matter proceeding to the courts and Judge David Doty–but that guess is slowly beginning to look like a wayward dart in a dark room.
The league hasn’t slammed the door shut and swallowed the key just yet, and has until 11:59 p.m. ET to make that decision. In fact, there may not be a lockout at all.
Citing a “high level source,” Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio says Doty could order the doors of the league to remain open and for free agency to begin. Yes, that means the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha and Sidney Rice could be free agents in less than five hours.
Here’s your feather, Florio. Knock us over…
Per the source, the league is bracing for the possibility of a ruling from Judge David Doty that would force the doors to remain open, compelling the league to allow player movement and trades as soon as 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
Though no one knows for sure whether that will happen, there’s a fear/belief that it could, and teams are preparing for the possibility.
This comes down just when you thought it was OK to step away from the computer and TV after an incredibly long and historic day, and change out of your housecoat (I still haven’t).
A wild day may be about to turn into a wild weekend.