Get ready for the Super Bowl shuffle.
With the start of NFL training camps probably days away, and every team angling for the ultimate prize, a major player reshuffling is in the works. Two years worth of unrestricted free agents are expected to hit the open market this week, and clubs are bracing for an unprecedented flurry of signings.
If things follow the anticipated course and players approve the collective bargaining agreement team owners have offered, free agency will begin Wednesday with franchises getting a chance to retain their own unsigned players, and continue Saturday — the same day camps are expected to start — when teams are eligible to sign the remaining free agents.
There are more than 400 unrestricted free agents this year, roughly double a typical year, because in last year's uncapped season the requirement for free agency was increased from four seasons of service to six. Under the proposed CBA, that number drops back to four seasons.