The NFL is preparing to start the 2011 league year which would mean the Kansas City Chiefs may soon be able to start re-signing their own players, entering the free agency waters and generally operating as if they normally would.
The first step, though, is getting into the building.
The league issued a statement announcing that players will be allowed into the facilities starting on Friday at 7:00 a.m. (Arrowhead time) and coaches can talk to players about the offseason schedule. Check out this post I wrote at SBNation.com for the conditions the league has placed on some of the things teams are allowed to do right now.
They have not yet announced when they will officially start the new league year, which would mean free agency and other signings.
With respect to player transactions (such as signings, trades of player contracts, terminations, tryouts, etc.), we plan to distribute to all clubs, likely tomorrow, a comprehensive set of procedures governing such transactions. This will include the timing for the commencement of the 2011 League Year, free agent signings and other customary player transactions.
So this thing is moving pretty quickly. It's possible we're seeing free agency very soon.
Of course, all of this is contingent on the appeals process the league is going through right now. They're trying to keep the lockout in place.
So players can enter the building on Friday morning and certain things will be allowed. But the full fledged start of the league year isn't quite here yet.