So there are so many articles coming out over the past week that highlight some of the changes to the offseason if there is no CBA. If you haven't seen them, basically it goes like this:
There is no free agency. Yup, you read that right...until a CBA comes into place there is no free agency. A team can't sign its own players and it can't talk to or sign any players that might be free agents as well.
There are no trades of players. A team could trade draft picks, but no players for picks or players or players.
There will be no OTA, minicamps, or training camps. Basically the teams aren't going to have any contact with their players until a CBA is in place.
There will be a draft, but the team can't sign their picks until a CBA is in place.
My first thought? So what? Ted Thompson doesn't really do most of that anyways. Sure it will put MM in a tougher spot than normal since he's a big believer in those offseason work out sessions and OTA's; but really you and I both know that FA will come and go and Green Bay will be silent. That's okay, after five years now and always thinking that this will be the year I've adjusted. I expect the Packers to get no namers and develop them...I'm even starting to love them for it!
The funny thing about all of this though is that other fan bases who are used to that part of the season as their time to shine will get to experience what we experience every year. No big splashy signing in Chicago. No last missing piece found in Minnesota. No working the waiver wire in Detroit. No overpriced Redskin signing. Just the quiet that we Packer fans are used to.
I think it's hilarious.