Early Sunday, reports were that a vote would come Monday and free agency would not start until Saturday. However, an email by New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees may suggest an earlier start.
According to ProFootballTalk at NBCSports.com, Drew Brees had sent out one email to teammates in order to prepare them for the oncoming frenzy. Brees first email stated that teams could start to resign their own free agents as early as Tuesday with unrestricted free agency beginning possibly on Friday.
Brees also stated in the first email physicals for players would be Saturday with a team meeting scheduled for Sunday at the facility. Brees then sent a second email that was posted by Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on July 25 at 12:09 a.m. EDT that bumped the time line up even further.
In the second email, Brees stated that free agency would begin at “noon on Tuesday”. He further stated that it will be an “open free agency”. “There will be no 3 day grace period for teams to sign their own players. It will be open for anyone to sign anywhere”, Brees wrote.
Brees also emailed that training camp would be moved up as well. “It looks like the NFL is trying to force teams into camp on time”, he wrote. Brees named Thursday as a report date to camp which was originally thought to be Saturday. Player physicals, meetings, and also conditioning would occur on Thursday.