While always entertaining, and occasionally controversial (he'll learn to love the Falcons one day), Peter King is about as plugged in to the movers, shakers, and decision makers of the NFL as it is possible for a member of the media to be. Which is why his latest MMQB prediction of a lack of Free Agency for this off-season is a bucket of ice water on the lap of the few shreds of optimism for a quick labor resolution that are out there.
Follow the jump for the quote.
"4. I think it's fruitless to talk, write and theorize about what teams are going to do in free agency when there's a very good chance there won't be free agency. Folks, this labor fight is going to be a long one. I believe it'll be Labor Day, at least, before a solution is found. Given that scenario, how can the league possibly say: We're playing real games in 21 days, and so you 495 free agents, go spend the next week flying from team to team, finding a home, and sure, you'll be ready to play two weeks after you sign with your new team in a new scheme. Surrrrre."
I hope he's wrong about the length of the labor issue, but if not I don't know how this will affect the Falcons next season.