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Why Haven’t The Chiefs Confirmed Reported Free Agent Deals?

Posted Jul 28, 2011

Reminder: Veterans are not permitted to physically sign contracts until Friday evening

We’re officially in football overdrive. The beginning of camp, free agent season and rookie signings all merging with one another has made for a crazy couple of days (and long nights) at Arrowhead.

Would you have it any other way?

Before we head off to camp this afternoon, I wanted to send a mass follow-up to a barrage of questions I’ve received over the past 48 hours.

By now, everyone has read the Chiefs reported deals (and plenty of you are considerably excited about them). Free agent agreements have been covered in the paper, all over websites, been on television…heck, Steve Breaston even expressed his excitement on joining the Chiefs to radio partner Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning (audio).

But, while all this is going on, the Chiefs have yet to confirm not even a single veteran signing. Why?

Under rules of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams may negotiate and agree to terms with veteran free agents, but are not permitted to actually sign those players until Friday at 5:00 PM (CST).

I’ll point everyone back to comments from Chiefs GM Scott Pioli earlier this week regarding free agent announcements pertaining to rules of the new CBA.

“What we’ve done consistently since we’ve been here is when we get pen to ink, you will get the names and we’re hoping, based on physicals and actually signing the deals we’ll have some names for you,” Pioli said.

The Chiefs are simply waiting to confirm signings once they physically occur. In the meantime, enjoy the madness.

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