The NFL's free agency template changed in more ways than one this year. Not only did we have an odd three-day negotiating period last weekend, but we also will have league executives and coaches gathering for the annual owners meeting just six days after the opening of the market.
So on Saturday, I have the unenviable task of traveling to Phoenix to keep up with news. I may or may not be mad about that. There is still a foot of snow on the ground just outside the window here at NFC North blog headquarters.
My plan is to blog Sunday through Wednesday from the meeting, which will include some league-level news but for our purposes is most important for the access to NFC North executives, general managers and coaches. In some cases, this will be the last time we check in with them before the draft.
I'll monitor Saturday's news as best I can and pop on the blog when necessary. Have a pleasant morning regardless.