Posted by cbdam
If there is no CBA, forget about the tag. There is no free agency. I read a story that said every player will be frozen with their current team until there is a CBA. If there is no deal done by March 4, the lockout officially begins. This means no teams will be talking to any player including their own. Free Agency normally begins before the draft on the first day of the new NFL year, which is March 4 and runs into I think late June or early July. The top F/A are usually signed before the draft. If there is no CBA by the draft, teams may assume that their current free agents will be frozen. If a CBA gets done too late like around training camp, part of the CBA will likely be that there is no free agency period for the year and each F/A remains on his old team at his 2010 salary.
I only saw this reported once, but it makes sense. It would be utter chaos to allow F/A after the draft. Normally teams have a 2 week grace period where only they can talk to their own free agents, then there is the deadline to tag. Even if the tag is struck down by the courts, players still cannot become free agents if the owners have locked them out. I can't imagine there being a free agency period post draft because teams have no idea which of their free agents they will be losing so won't know who they should be drafting. If the CBA doesn't get down reasonably soon but at least a few weeks before the draft, this is going to get crazy.