NFL green lights teams to negotiate with draft picks tonight

NFL clubs cannot begin signing their draft picks and undrafted college free agents until 10 a.m. Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean they’re not getting some heavy lifting out of the way. Or at least trying their best to make up for lost time.

According to a league source, as of about an hour ago the NFL gave the green light to clubs to allow them to begin full-scale negotiations for the draft picks and undrafted players. They’re prohibited from consummating deals until 10 a.m. tomorrow when an avalanche of activity will take place.

Why the decision now? Well, multiple agents told the National Football Post that those hard-core negotiations were already taking place. The NFL has legalized it and now teams can get a head start – even if it is just a small one – on a week of business like we have never seen before.

So, crank up the fax machines and make sure the email accounts stay open at all times.

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