With help from ESPN the past several years, the NFL has done a great job of always being present.
In the gap between the final game of the season (Super Bowl or Pro Bowl) and the first preseason game, there are all-star games, the combine, pro days, Jon Gruden specials, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, the draft, OTAs and Albert Haynesworth antics to keep football fans occupied.
And now that the draft is over, the labor issue finally feels real. The distractions have ended. The house is empty.
That sucks, doesn’t it?
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In past years, the hours after the NFL draft were a frenzy of activity. That’s when teams and undrafted free agents scrambled to find matches.
With the lockout reinforced, such signings are put on hold.
That’s tough on former Warriors, such as safety Mana Silva, offensive lineman Laupepa Letuli, cornerback Lametrius Davis and defensive end Kamalu Umu. All surely would have secured free-agent deals. Or, at least, invitations to OTAs.
During the seventh round, the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers called Silva, indicating they might select him.
Now, Silva said, “I have to wait for the lockout to end to get a free-agent deal.”
“Keep working out,” he said.
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