The end of the NFL lockout has led to a compressed free agency period that has teams, players and agents working at a furious pace. Here are a few of the most interesting stories on the business and legal aspects of this unique time in the NFL, including the moves of the New England Patriots:
Agents Keeping Busy Post-Lockout
Rick Reilly of ESPN.com has a great story on a day he spent with NFL agent Peter Schaffer after the lockout was lifted. Similarly, Judy Batista of the New York Times has a good piece on the non-stop action for NFL agents.
Robert Quinn’s Former Agent Files Suit
Darren Heitner of the Sports Agent Blog has an interesting story on a lawsuit filed by the former agent of Rams’ draft pick Robert Quinn against Quinn and his new agent. These disputes are typically settled by the NFLPA, but with the new CBA unsigned, agents are free to seek relief from the courts.
Patriots Make a Splash
The New England Patriots have made a splash during free agency, signing Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco. Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant has an interesting piece on the acquisitions. As usual, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston has done a great job keeping up with all of the moves.