New league year begins in NFL, but free agent signings & trades delayed

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – AUGUST 24: Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and general manager Chris Ballard watch pregame warmups before a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Typically when the clocks strikes 4:00 p.m. on the first day of the NFL’s new league year, teams are quick to announce new free agent signings and trades agreed upon over the previous few days in the legal tampering period.

As with many other typical happenings in the world of sports, that too is in flux right now.

The NFL sent a memo to teams Tuesday night detailing new rules for announcing those moves, specifically mentioning that contracts must be executed to make said announcement, not just agreed upon pending a physical.

As for the Colts, that leaves the signing of Philip Rivers and the trade for DeForest Buckner on the table right now. However, the Anthony Castonzo deal is different, as it was a contract extension for a current Colts’ player, so that move is official.

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