Late For Work 7/25: Most Hectic Week In NFL History

Plus the Ravens’ first post-lockout move and staying is Wilson’s “best-case scenario.”

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 9:21 am | Categories: Late For Work, Ryan Mink

Most Hectic Week In NFL History Is Coming

Are you ready?

It seems that the lockout is truly coming to an end (for real this time). According to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, the NFL and NFLPA came to a full-on agreement in the wee hours of Monday morning.

The NFLPA executive committee will vote on it, perhaps today at 11 a.m., and the player representatives and players must approve it, but as Glazer says, “at this point it appears a formality.”

“If leadership says this is a good idea, then we believe in leadership and we believe it will be a good deal,” Ravens player representative Derrick Mason told ESPN.

That will jumpstart what’s Steve Wyche wrote, “one of the most historic (and hectic) weeks in NFL history.”

The order of events is still a bit cloudy as of Monday morning, but here’s a rough rundown of how things will work out, according to what Ravens cornerback and executive committee member Domonique Foxworth, via RavensInsider Aaron Wilson, told teammates.

  • “Players who are on a roster may be asked to report Wednesday or Thursday.”
  • “Free agents may be able to talk to teams as early as Tuesday or Wednesday but not sign with the team.”
  • “I want you guys to be prepared for the possibility of this week being very crazy.”

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, another member of the NFLPA executive committee, emailed his teammates (in a letter obtained by ProFootballTalk) that free agency could open completely beginning Tuesday and training camp on Thursday.

Besides free agency and training camp opening – two of the biggest events on the NFL schedule – occurring in the same week, there are also undrafted rookie free agents to sign, the supplemental draft to be held, and much more.

We polled fans over the weekend to see what they’re most excited for. A whopping 40 percent said free agency.

Ravens’ First Post-Lockout Move

The Ravens have said re-signing their own players is their top priority once the lockout ends.

Yet ESPN believes Baltimore’s first move will be going outside the team to sign a pass-rushing free agent.

Brian McIntyre of the Football Outsiders believes it will be outside linebacker Matt Roth.

“In the 2011 draft, the Ravens did not address a pass rush that ranked 27th in adjusted sack rate in 2010. Roth, a free-agent outside linebacker, recorded just 3.5 sacks last season but, according to our game charters, posted 24.5 QB hurries, a sign that he could be the pass-rushing answer opposite Terrell Suggs.”

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Roth has familiarity with the AFC North. He played for the Cleveland Browns the past two seasons. He logged a career-high five sacks in 14 starts with the Miami Dolphins in 2008.

What do you think the Ravens will do first: resign their own players or look outside the roster?

Wilson: Returning To Ravens “Best-Case Scenario”

All the way back in January, as he packed up his locker following Baltimore’s postseason exit, Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson said he would be interested in returning to Baltimore.

But with free agency on the horizon, Wilson re-emphasized his desire in an interview with The Baltimore Sun’s Jamison Hensley.

“Being with the Ravens would be the best-case scenario,” Wilson said.

“But this is a business. A lot of times, you have to make business decisions. I have to see where I’m wanted. The most important thing is you go where you’re wanted and you have an opportunity to play and be successful.”

Wilson, 26, broke up a career-high 15 passes and had one of the Ravens’ best plays of the year with an overtime interception returned for a touchdown in Houston. He was ranked No. 50 among this year’s free agents on CBS Sports.

Fellow free-agent cornerback Chris Carr is No. 32 on CBS’ rankings. Carr has also said he would like to return to Baltimore, but is looking to maintain a “big role.” Fabian Washington is another Ravens cornerback on the open market.

One of the most interesting aspects of this crazy week will be to see who the Ravens keep.

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