NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that free agency will become “an open-ended period” in the coming weeks.
The NFL has made some major changes this offseason, including cutting the salaries of several players including wide receiver Tavon Austin, cornerback Aqib Talib, and safety Kendrick Lewis, and introducing a new policy that requires players to sign a contract before being released.
The New York Jets and Oakland Raiders are among the teams that have made big moves on free agency this off-season, with both teams having made significant moves to shore up their rosters.
However, it appears the NFL is moving to cut down on the number of free agents available for the next few years.
In a blog post Monday, Goodell wrote that he will begin cutting the number and salary of the jerseys on the field, starting with the upcoming season.
“There will be a gradual decline in free agent signings,” Goodell wrote.
“As of today, there are no more than 25 players with the option to re-sign, and there are just four more to go.
Players will be able to sign as many times as they wish, but will only be able sign once per year.””
In addition, there will no longer be the option for players to resign at a reduced price.
Players will be able to sign as many times as they wish, but will only be able sign once per year.”
I am also asking the NFLPA to help facilitate the signing process for players who are free agents.
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