NFL Announces New League Year Will Continue as Scheduled Despite Concerns Over Coronavirus Outbreak

David Kaestle
The NFL league year and free agency will begin as originally scheduled, on March 18.
The NFL league year and free agency will begin as originally scheduled, on March 18. / Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

It's being reported that the NFL will continue its originally planned schedule for the beginning of the new league year and free agency, set to begin on Wednesday, March 18. It was believed by many, including Saints head coach Sean Payton, that there would be some potential changes or delays amid the coronavirus outbreak that has caused the sports world to come to a screeching halt.

So while we have a definitive answer on the start of free agency, the NFL Draft still could be up in the air. As of now it is scheduled to happen as planned, but with how quickly circumstances have been changing over the last week or so, we could be looking at a totally different plan at any time.

The situation remains fluid, but it would be nearly impossible to imagine the NFL Draft not being modified in some way.

With the news that the league year will continue as planned and the franchise tag deadline coming at noon on Monday, a flurry of franchise tags have been placed on players including A.J. Green, Dak Prescott and Derrick Henry.

It will be interesting to see how things develop over the next few days and how teams and players handle free agent visits and meetings during these times, but in a world with no sports being played, the NFL continues to try and move forward the best it can with the limited options it has.

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