The NFL season is over, but the NFL’s year is not. Make sense? It’s easy if not. The season, ended with the Super Bowl. The league year ends on March 4th at the stroke of 12:01 AM…in other words, the second it crosses from the 3rd to the 4th, the year is over. We all know about the CBA and the looming lockout and whatnot, but right now there is a small window of opportunity that stretches from now until the end of this year.
With the season over, teams can now sign free agents and drop players from their rosters. Which means that a team can go out and start adding players to their teams that are “street free agents” or are dropped by other clubs. This is how Miami signed Gibril Wilson a couple of years ago. The caveat is that you can’t make any trades until the new league year starts. So there won’t be any swinging deals here.
Miami has already worked out former Bengal LB Rashad Jeanty. While Jeanty won’t likely become a member of the team, mainly due to inconsistent play and a bad injury history, the Dolphins, especially GM Jeff Ireland, will turn over every “acorn” as he likes to say. So in the next couple of weeks, it’s not out of the question that the Dolphins add some staff to their roster.
Why? Because once March 4th arrives, they can’t sign anyone. They can’t negotiate a contract, sign a player to an extension, hell they can’t even pay a player on the roster. If there is no CBA. So with a long off-season ahead, the best way to find some of those acorns is to grab them now.
Who or where they will find these additions is anyone’s guess. It’s possible that a team may release a player between now and that deadline like Al Davis and his entire team, but it’s rare that a coveted position player becomes available. But they can be found.
So this is a small window of opportunity for not just the Miami Dolphins, but the rest of the NFL as well.