As sports world shuts down, NFL’s offseason is full speed ahead
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While Selection Sunday was canceled and no live events took place for the major leagues currently in season, the NFL was busy ratifying a new collective bargain agreement that runs for the next decade.
The rest of the sports world might be either canceled or postponed, but it's full speed ahead for the "News Football League." Not long after the new CBA was approved, teams got busy making moves.
- The Tennessee Titans opted to re-sign QB Ryan Tannehill to a huge contract rather than pursue six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars traded five-time Pro Bowler Calais Campbell to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a fifth-round pick (the pick acquired from the Minnesota Vikings in August in exchange for kicker Kaare Vedvik).
As the NFL sticks to its offseason schedule, the next few days could be hectic as free agency kicks in. NFL free-agent negotiation period opens Monday at noon ET. This is also the deadline for teams to apply the franchise tag to players (when attention will revolve around Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys). The new league year is slated to start Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. That is when deals — such as Tannehill's new contract with the Titans — can become official.
Ryan Tannehill was the first QB domino to fall, agreeing to a long-term extension with the Titans. (Photo: Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports)
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NFL free agency news and analysis
- Titans' choice was obvious: Despite the Tom Brady hype, the Titans' decision to bring back Ryan Tannehill just made more sense, writes Gentry Estes.
- 9 teams that could be transformed in free agency: The Cowboys and Patriots are among the teams that could be in line for significant overhauls.
- Troy Aikman warns Cowboys: Aikman sees a problem with giving Dak Prescott the franchise tag.
- New NFL CBA isn't perfect, but takes positive steps for players: The nation's most prominent professional sports league will enjoy another 11 years of uninterrupted labor peace, writes Mike Jones.
- Franchise tag tracker: NFL teams will have until noon ET on Monday to decide whether to apply the franchise tag to one of their players.
Franchise tagging Dak Prescott could mean the Cowboys lose another valuable free agent. (Photo: Raj Mehta, USA TODAY Sports)
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2020 NFL draft: Mocks, rankings, etc.
- Latest mock draft: Ahead of the start of free agency, there's one big-name quarterback sliding in this first-round projection.
- Position-by-position prospect rankings: How do the players in this year's draft class stack up following the events of the NFL scouting combine?
- Complete draft order: Here is the seven-round, 255-pick order for the 2020 NFL draft, which still is scheduled be held April 23-25 in Las Vegas.
- Last but not least? A lot of ink will be dedicated to the top of the draft, and none for pick No. 255. Here is how the previous 10 Mr. Irrelevant picks have fared.
There will be plenty of buzz and speculation surrounding Tua Tagovailoa in the coming weeks. (Photo: John David Mercer, USA TODAY Sports)
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