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NFL Lockout Is Lifted, Could Help Undrafted Free Agents If It Lasts Through The Weekend

The NFL lockout has been lifted, for now which means players can go to the team facilities and some will start doing on Tuesday. The owners plan on appealing the decision immediately:

"We will promptly seek a stay from Judge Nelson pending an expedited appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. We believe that federal law bars injunctions in labor disputes. We are confident that the Eighth Circuit will agree. But we also believe that this dispute will inevitably end with a collective bargaining agreement, which would be in the best interests of players, clubs and fans. We can reach a fair agreement only if we continue negotiations toward that goal."

If the owners wait until after the weekend, then it is possible that teams can sign undrafted free agents. While the amount of money may depend on the new CBA entails I assume teams can at least sign the rights of the players. If teams are able to sign undrafted free agents this will help out fringe players and a lot in the Mountain West. This may not even happen since the owners may get their appeal in place before the draft ends. That would force a lot of players to go sign with the UFL who will for sure have a season this year, and it could be better for these players who will be playing and probably be seeing a lot more playing time.

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