The NFL will continue to move us through unprecedented territory over the next week as its owners and players work toward a new collective bargaining agreement. It's left me, you and many others confused about what can and can't happen.
Let's pull from ESPN.com's news story to reiterate the ground rules for the next week:
"The extension of the CBA also includes a 'tolling agreement'; in this scenario, the league's 32 teams still will be prohibited from executing player transactions. It is the same agreement reached Thursday. During this period, teams can talk about players but signings or renegotiations of current contracts cannot occur."
So if you've been reading about player moves Friday, they would have to actually occurred Thursday in order to be official. That's apparently the case for two reported deals in the NFC North:
Adam Caplan of Fox Sports reports the Green Bay Packers have reached a two-year agreement with safety Charlie Peprah, who would have become an unrestricted free agent. Peprah started 11 games last season after rookie Morgan Burnett suffered a season-ending knee injury. I would imagine the Peprah/Burnett combination in 2011 would make safety Atari Bigby expendable.
The Detroit Lions have re-signed cornerback Nate Vasher, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. It's interesting that the Lions agreed with Vasher, who was a big part of the Lions Week 16 victory over the Miami Dolphins, and not fellow starter Chris Houston. Given how wild the past few weeks have been, I'm not sure how much to read into that yet.