PARRY: Day 1 of free agency is fast and furious

Sports Writer/Chris Parry

I am a little compulsive when it comes to Twitter. I am kind of an addict — and you need to be these days in our line of work if you want to stay on top of things. So it's 2:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday and I was watching ESPN. The "NFL Insiders" show was on as the clock counted down to the start of NFL free agency at 3 p.m.

Well, really I was continually refreshing Twitter and scrolling down to see what I'd missed while occasionally looking up to hear Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and others.

So 3 p.m. hits and a tweet flashes up that the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints are involved in a discussion for a big-time trade. Thirty seconds later and another tweet reports who the players involved are — and one of them is a big-time name. Tight end Jimmy Graham, a fantasy football owners dream for the past couple years, is to be traded to Seattle with the Saints getting Seahawks center Max Unger and multiple draft picks in return.


That is a shocking turn of events.

But just as I am processing this, maybe 10 seconds later, another tweet flashes up that reports Haloti Ngata has been traded to the Detroit Lions.

That is not a complete shock seeing as the Lions needed to move when they lost Ndamukong Suh to the Dolphins.

The clock on my phone read 3:02.

But we were not finished.

— Another tweet.

NFL insider reports the Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams were in discussions to trade their quarterbacks — Sam Bradford to Chip Kelly and Philly and Nick Foles to Jeff Fisher and the Rams.

It is 3:03 when that trade is made official through another twitter post.

Three minutes and three trades that feature big-time NFL names; not the kind that just scroll across the bottom, but the kind sports that news outlets break in from their regulary scheduled programming to announce.

Luckily for ESPN, it was already on NFL Insiders and they were working hard to break even more news.

Sports radio and television personality Jim Rome put out a tweet that said it best.

"First five minutes of NFL free agency is better than the first five months of MLB season," Rome tweeted.

It was retweeted 4.4K and favorited 2.8K.

That is twitter speak for it was a very popular and shared sentence.

As I am writing this, it is 5:15 p.m.

Only two hours and 15 minutes have passed since I began writing this and there have been more free agency deals than I care to list here.

But a couple that caught my eye include: WR Torrey Smith signs with San Francisco 49ers; RB Frank Gore signs with Indianapolis Colts; TE Julius Thomas signs with Jacksonville Jaguars.

Can you imagine if college football conducted its business like the NFL?

National signing day would have to be changed to national signing afternoon.

NFL GMs and agents and players have clearly been talking and working toward getting deals done.

It is another reason why the NFL is king.

I need to go check my Twitter feed.




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