That bell they clang on Wall Street at precisely the same time would come in handy for the NFL on Tuesday at 4 p.m. EDT.
That's when hundreds of unrestricted NFL free agents officially become free, and can sign with new teams.
For the second year, UFAs and their agents have been permitted to negotiate with prospective new teams since mid-day Saturday. This pre-negotiation window of sorts is to allow clubs' GMs to, well, officially tamper.
Indeed as the league specifies, clubs are "permitted to contact and enter into negotiations with" players' agents only. No contract can be drawn up, nor can teams talk with the players themselves, nor make any travel arrangements with them.
Yeah right. You watch as an avalanche of announcements hit Twitter by mid-evening -- deals already done.
As is always the case, just how active or aggressive a team is in free agency depends on three factors: